Nika Gilauri speaks with students from European School of Management in Tbilisi, November, 2008. Photo: InterPressNews
Nika Gilauri, along with couple of other ministers, is a longest-standing government member, serving as a minister since February 2004, when President Saakashvili and late PM Zurab Zhvania formed their first cabinet.
He studied international economic relations at the Tbilisi State University.
In 1998 he completed English language courses at Bournemouth College in England.
In 1999 he graduated from Limerick University in Ireland with a degree in finance and economics.
In 1999-2000 he studied at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.
In 2000 he earned his master’s degree in international business management.
In parallel, in 1999 he worked at the Dublin International Finance Centre as administrator/manager of the assets management corporation Invesco.
In 2000 he was a financial consultant for energy conservation projects at the Philadelphia Small Business Development Centre.
In 2001 he was appointed as a financial consultant at Georgia Telecom.
In 2002 he worked as a financial consultant for the Georgian energy market management contractor, the Spanish corporation Iberdrola.
From 2003 to 2004 he worked for the Georgian state electricity system management contractor, SBE (Ireland) as a management contractor and financial controller on the Georgian state electricity system.
In 2004-2007 he served as Georgian energy minister.
He was appointed finance minister in August 2007 and in parallel served as the First Vice-Premier since November, 2008.