Maia Mikashavidze is a professor of Communication at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi. As an expert on information ecosystem and media development, Mikashavidze currently directs multimedia capacity building project “Supporting Independent Media in Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova” in Georgia.
She founded GIPA’s Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2001 and served as its dean until 2011. Under her leadership, the school expanded from a grant-based project into one of the leading graduate schools in the Caucasus, launched Radio GIPA and Frontline Georgia Club. Mikashavidze has also co-founded Management Academy, an executive-level training program in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Maia Miakshavidze holds Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of South Carolina, MPA from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, and a diploma from Tbilisi State Conservatoire.