Katevan Tsikhelashvili was born in 1978 in Georgia. She graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 1999 in International Relations and received a master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University (Hungary) in 2000.
She is the State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality. Before undertaking this position, she was the First Deputy State Minister in the same Ministry and the elected chairwoman of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform, the largest association of the prominent non-governmental organizations in Georgia. Also, she was the founder and director of the think-tank ‘Liberal Academy Tbilisi’ that advocates for Georgia’s European integration. She was representative and consultant to the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Georgia and the South Caucasus for eight years.
At different times she worked as a researcher and analyst at local and international organizations, including as a visiting researcher at the University of Hamburg OSCE Research Centre (Hamburg, Germany), researcher at the European Center (Flensburg, Germany), research assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Policy and Defense Department (Brussels, Belgium), and as an analyst at the European Stability Initiative (ESI) in Georgia. She also worked for public structures, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Research and Analysis Center (1998-99), and the State Minister for Conflict Resolution Office (2004-2006).