14 Jul 2014 - 12:47
The capital city of Georgia will be led by 35-year-old David Narmania for the next four years.
Narmania is an international recognised academic and the country’s former Infrastructure Minister.
Narmania, a ruling Georgian Dream candidate, gained 72.47 percent of total votes in the Municipal Elections runoff held on June 12. He will now be appointed Tbilisi’s eighth Mayor.
Narmania is an international recognised academic and has a passion for languages – he can speak Georgian, Russian, English and German.
The 35-year-old earned a Doctorate degree in Economy and gained the qualification of International Business Manager. He also studied at the Potsdam University in Germany.
Narmania is a Tbilisi State University Professor and has written 24 popular scientific works and co-written 34 other scientific journals.
From October 2012 to April 2014, he was the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia but stood down to run in the June 15 elections.
Before his Governmental role, Narmania was the executive director of the Caucasus Economic and Social Research Institute for three years. Before that, he led the Consultative Analytical Training Center’s research department. He also has a several years’ experience working in financial and business consulting sectors.
During his career Narmania was quoted as an expert for a range of international organisations, including the American Development Institute and World Bank.
He was born in Zugdidi, Samegrelo region in Western Georgia and is married with two sons.
At the initial voting on June 15, Narmania gained the most votes of Tbilisi Mayoral candidates. He gained 46.09 percent of total votes while the next candidate gained 27.97.
Click here to see Narmania’s recent letter, written before the elections, for Washington-based newspaper The Hill.