Alumni Careers

Professional Careers


For ISET graduates, unemployment is something only experienced on the pages of their research. From a total of 169 ISET graduates, with the exception of those studying abroad, all but three are currently employed. Moreover, they all occupy professional positions that utilize the skills and knowledge they acquired at ISET.

Zviad Zedginidze (Class 2008)
Head, Macroeconomic Research Division,
National Bank of Georiga

Mariam Gorgandze (Class 2008)
Project Country Director,
Mendez England and Associates
Lasha Labadze (Class 2008)
Research Fellow, ISET Policy Institute;
Assistant Professor, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilis
State University
Ramin Danyarov (Class 2008)
Head, Macroeconomic Analysis and Forecasting
Division, Ministry of Economic Development,
Levan Karsaulidze (Class 2009)
Head, Price Statistics Division, National
Statistics Office of Georgia

Nino Shanshiashvili (Class 2009)
Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction
and Development, London, England

Davit Okropiridze (Class 2010)
Deputy Head, Labor and Employment
Policy Department, Ministry of Labor, Health
and Social Affairs, Georgia

Natalia Shatirishvili (Class 2010)
Analyst, Government Relations Department,
JSC Telasi;
Researcher, World Experience for Georgia

Tata Khetaguri (Class 2012)
Head, Budget Analysis Division,
State Audit Office of Georgia

Lilit Sargsyan (Class 2011)
Planning and Economic Analyst, Inecobank, Armenia;
Assistant Professor, Yerevan State University


To practice what they learn in the classroom, many ISET students take part in internships, either during the academic year or during the summer. Recent internship placements have included:

 EBRD London Office
The Department of Statistics of Georgia
 World Bank, Washington DC & Country offices
Electric Networks of Armenia
 Central Bank of Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia
State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic
 Ministries of Energy and Natural Resources
USAID Funded Projects
 Ministries of Finance
AmCham, Georgia



Givi Melkadze joined the London office of the European Bank fro Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the summer of 2011. During his three months in London, Givi interned with the office of EBRD's Chief Economist, contributing to the 2011 Transition Report - EBRD's flagship publication, and helping construct the corporate bond market development index for the 29 nations in which EBRD operates. Givi Melkadze will graduate from ISET in July 2012. Following in the footsteps of ISETers who have interned with the EBRD in previous years, Givi plans to apply for admission to a top PhD program in the United States.



Academic Careers

PhD Placement

To date, a total of 98 students have graduated from ISET. Of those 98, twelve are currently enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and Western Europe, all receiving full scholarships and stipends.

ISET graduates can currently be found at the following institutions: 

 University of Chicago, USA
Stanford University 
 University of Pennsylvania, USA
Washington University, USA
 Universitè Catholique de Louvain           
University of Leicester, UK
 McGill University, Montreal, Canada  
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA
 University of Toulouse, France
CERGE-EI, Czech Republic
 Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
 New York University, USA

 Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, USA

 University of Warwick, Coventry, UK


Davit Tsirekidze, valedictorian of the Class of 2011, arrived in California in August 2011 to join one of the most prestigious economics PhD programs in the world at Stanford University. In his graduation speech, Dato recalled the trip he made two years earlier, from Kutaisi to Tbilisi: "I paid 10 Lari for a train ticket to attend the Open House day at ISET. For this modest price, I got three other tickets, as a bonus: to attend Open House days in Stanford, the California Institute of Technolog and New York University. For me, ISET was a great investment indeed - my Kutaisi-Tbilisi train ticket became a ticket to life". 


Teaching Fellowships

Every year, up to 10 of our graduates receive Teaching Fellowships from the CERGE-EI Foundation to teach undergraduate economics courses at partner universities in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. These Teaching Fellowships allow ISET graduates to earn the equivalent of a competitive salary while gaining professional experience as teachers of economics and giving back to their communities. All Teaching Fellows take part in intensive pedagogical training in Prague. 

ISET Teaching Fellows currently teach at: 

Tbilisi State University, Georgia
Yerevan State University, Armenia
Ilia State University, Georgia
Agribusiness Teaching Center, Armenia
Grigol Robakidze University, Georgia
Odlar Yurdu University, Azerbaijan              
Grigol Peradze University, Georgia 
Khazar University, Azerbaijan
Iakob Gogebashvili State University, Georgia
Qafqaz University, Azerbaijan
Batumi State University, Georgia


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