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Welcome to BIA Forum page and many thanks for expressing interest towards our activities. BIA has established itself as an innovative and growing company in the business information field. BIA is the sole Georgian provider of business information to the international risk management companies and investors. BIA works with globally renowned companies in the business information field such as D&B, Kompass, Interfax, IGK AG. In addition, BIA provides local companies with reliable information through its international partners.

We have the honor to invite you to one-day Exhibition forum, which aims to bring together at least 500 chief executives to create a platform for communication between foreign suppliers and companies to direct sales and open many opportunities for both local and international businesses.

Be a part of a worldwide Exhibition and show your commitment to develop the whole economy of the region. We hope your business will benefit from the exhibition and enhance further development.

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Aieti Kukava
Mr. Aieti Kukava
CEO of JSC BIA
    • Mr. Dimitry Kumsishvili
      First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
      Dimitry Kumsishvili is the First Vice Prime Minister of the Government of Georgia and the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development. From November, 2016 to November 2017, Mr. Kumsishvili was taking a position of the Minister of Finance of Georgia. During the time of his tenure ministry of finance successfully completed negotiations with the International Monetary Fund on launching the 3-year IMF Program. Program is homegrown based on the 4-point plan of the Government. Dimitry Kumsishvili, being the Minister of Finance and First Vice Prime Minister of the country, initiated very important fiscal reform which envisaged transformation to a more growth friendly fiscal policy together as strong focus on fiscal discipline. Dimitry Kumsishvili holds the position of the Vice Prime Minister since December 2015 and is the First Vice Prime Minister since June, 2016. Dimitry Kumsishvili was the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development during September, 2015 – November, 2016. In 2012-2015, he was the First Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development and the Chairperson of the LEPL National Agency of State Property of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. While working at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Mr. Kumsishvili was involved in the implementation of the important state projects. During the period from March to August, 2015 he was taking the position of Vice Mayor Of Tbilisi. Dimitry Kumsishvili held several high-rank positions in commercial banks and has wide experience in banking and financial sectors.
      Mr. Zurab Alavidze
      Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia
      Mr. Alavidze prior to becoming the minister was the head of Strategic Project Coordination Department in Administration of the Government of Georgia. He has worked on executive positions in JCS Dariali Energy, VTB Bank Georgia, United Georgia Bank, ACI Financial Markets Association of Georgia, Georgian Stock Company
      Mr. Genadi Arveladze
      Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
      Mr. Genadi Arveladze is the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. He has widespread experience in foreign trade and economics, serving as Georgia’s chief negotiator in number of free trade agreements’ negotiations. Mr. Arveladze has effectively contributed to the diversification and development of Georgia’s foreign trade. A strong supporter of Georgia's association process to the European Union, Mr. Arveladze is coordinating implementation of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area part of EU-Georgia Association Agreement. Prior to this position, he has graduated Mission Internship Program to the WTO and was responsible in the WTO matters and representing Georgia in the mentioned organization. Since February 2012 till October 2015, Genadi Arveladze also served as the Head of Department for Foreign Trade and International Economic Relations within the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. In 2010-2012, he held position of the Head of EU Programs Coordination and international Organizations Cooperation Department in the Tbilisi City Hall. During 2006-2010, Mr. Arveladze also acquired experience in private sector while working as Marketing and Public Relations Manager for two companies (Cmple and AGM Development, LLC, AXIS Group) in New York, USA. Genadi Arveladze holds Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the City University of New York. He is fluent in English and Russian languages. Mr. Arveladze is married, with two children.
      Mr. Aieti Kukava
      CEO of JSC Bia
      Mr. Kukava has more than twenty-year-experience working in the banking and finances sectors in Georgia and abroad. In 2004, together with four leading commercial banks and an international partner, he established the first credit bureau in Georgia.
      Mr. Kukava received his MBA degree at Clark University, Massachusetts, USA in 2002. After the graduation he moved back to Georgia, inspired by ideas of fulfilling his seven year plan to establish diversified financial services company.
      In 2005, Mr. Kukava founded JSC Alliance Group Holding and since then has headed the company as Chief Executive Officer. He is also founder of charitable organization “Ardza”.
      Mr. Kukava[s current positions include: CEO of JSV BIA; Chairman of Leasing Association and GM of Alliance Group Leasing.
      Ms. Mercy Tembon
      Regional Director for the South Caucasus, World Bank
      Ms. Tembon, a Cameroonian national, joined the Bank in 2000 as an Education Specialist in the Human Development Department in the Africa region. She holds a PhD. In Economics of Education from the University of London. Ms. Tembon is an author of several publications, among them: Girls' Education in the 21st Century: Gender Equality, Empowerment and Economic Growth in July 2008 and most recent – Missing Girls in the South Caucasus: Exploring Policy Options in April 2015. Ms. Tembon brings a wealth of experience from working across regions for the human development network as well as technical and managerial positions in the Africa region. She has significant experience working with clients on country strategies and programs, managing country offices and developing fruitful partnerships with stakeholders and other development partners. She has held various positions including an extended acting Country Director post for Tanzania and her most recent assignment being Country Manager for Burkina Faso. In her new position as the Regional Director for the South Caucasus, Ms. Tembon’s top three priorities will be: (i) lead the country team to deliver knowledge, convening and financing services that respond to client demands and needs, and contribute to achieving the Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity; (ii) oversee the implementation of the existing portfolio and guide the future direction of the program, and (iii) work with IFC and MIGA to strengthen the World Bank Group delivery
      Mr. Bruno Balvanera
      Director for Caucasus, Moldova and Belarus, EBRD
      Bruno Balvanera joined the EBRD in 1996; currently he is Director for Caucasus Moldova and Belarus, based in Tbilisi. His experience covers wide variety of sectors, countries and products. From 2008 to 2013 Bruno was the EBRD Head of Regional Development, based in Moscow responsible for the network of offices the EBRD has in each of the seven Federal Districts. For the 2 previous years, he was the Head of St. Petersburg office. Previous moving to Russia, Bruno was the Head of Business Development where he had the opportunity to engage with numerous potential investors into the EBRD Countries of operations. Mr. Balvanera has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating the financing of the investments in developing countries including Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe. He has been member of the Managing Board of different Companies. Before joining the EBRD, Bruno Balvanera worked for Development Banks in Mexico as Investment Manager for projects both in the country and other jurisdictions mainly in Latin America and Caribbean. Bruno majored as an Industrial Engineer, and he then had a specialization in Finance and in Political Analysis. Few years later he obtained a Master in Business Administration from University of Chicago.
      Mrs. Flavia Palanza
      Director Lending operations in EU Neighbouring Countries, European Investment Bank
      Mrs Palanza, who holds a Master’s degree in Economics, joined the Bank in 1984. She has spent most of her career working in different regions outside the EU, initially as an economist in the Projects Directorate, and since 2001 in the Directorate for Lending outside the EU, where she was successively Head of Strategy, Associate Director for Lending in East and Central Africa and the Pacific and Director for Lending in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Subsequently, she headed the Department for Lending in Central and South Eastern Europe. She was appointed Director for Lending in EU Neighbouring Countries in September. Prior to joining the EIB, Mrs Palanza worked in the Asian Department of the International Monetary Fund.
      Ms. Yesim Elhan-Kayalar
      Country Director, ADB
      Yesim leads the governance and public sector management portfolio of ADB in 10 Central and West Asian countries. During her career as an academic and development practitioner, she has worked with communities and governments in 27 countries. Her professional interests include community driven governance, gender equity, improved service delivery by the public sector and through public-private partnerships.
      Ms. Julia Belskaya Von Tell
      Senior Director, Fitch ratings
      Julia Belskaya von Tell is a Senior Director for Business & Relationship in Fitch Ratings. She has more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to Fitch, Julia was Vice President at Absolut Bank, where she headed the Department for Relations with Financial Institutions and Corporate Clients and covered the development of Interbank and correspondent banking relations, participated in arranging public borrowings and was responsible for franchise expansion and introduction of new bank products. At Fitch Julia covers maintenance and development of business relationships with companies and investors in Russia and CIS. Julia Belskaya von Tell graduated from the All-Russian Distance Institute of Finance and Economics (ARDIFE).
      Ms. Elena Eliseyenko
      Branch Head, Russia/CIS S&P Global Ratings
      Ms. Eliseyenko is S&P Global Ratings' branch head for the office in Russia, which covers the countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as Ukraine and Georgia. Elena is responsible for the business development strategy in the region and manages S&P Global Ratings' Moscow office, which has been in operation since 1998. S&P Global Ratings maintains ratings on more than 250 in the region, and plays key role in supporting the issuers transparency and development of capital markets in the region. Before her appointment as branch head, Elena was head of business development at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services in the Region, and was instrumental in expanding Standard & Poor's presence and coverage, as well as developing the franchise in new markets, such as Central Asia and the Caucasus. Elena joined Standard & Poor's in 2005 after having worked six years at Deloitte and Russian air-freighter Volga-Dnepr, where she held a number of positions in marketing and communications. Elena has a master's degree in Finance and Credit from the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics.
      Mr. Archil Mestvirishvili
      Vice-President, Georgian National Bank
      Mr. Mestvirishvili was born in 1972. He graduated from Tbilisi State University, department of mathematics and mechanics, in 1994. He graduated form Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2002, with a scientific degree - master of arts in Economics. He has worked for the Georgian Parliament budget office as a leading specialist; for the National Bank of Georgia as economist-researcher; for the administration of the president of Georgia as head of the monetary, fiscal and economic policy department and for Tbilisi City Hall as a head of the economic policy department. In recent years he occupied the position of head of the macroeconomics and statistics department of the National Bank of Georgia. Since 2009, Archil Mestvirishvili has been a member of the board and Vice Governor of the National Bank of Georgia.
      Ms. Hanna Loikkanen
      Senior Investment Advisor
      Hanna, a Finnish national, joined East Capital's private equity team in 2007. She has extensive experience in working with financial institutions in Russia and Eastern Europe. She assumed the role of head of the advisory team of the East Capital Financials Fund in 2010. Hanna currently serves on the boards of Probusinessbank, Locko Bank and Morgan & Stout. In her previous position as the Country Manager and CEO for FIM Group in Russia, Hanna was responsible for setting up and running the group’s brokerage and corporate finance operations in Russia. Before that, she worked for Nordea Finance for several years in various management positions in Poland, the Baltic States and Finland. Prior to Nordea, Hanna worked for Merita Bank in St. Petersburg as well as SEB in Moscow. Hanna is Finnish and has a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics. She is fluent in Finnish, Russian and English.
      Mr. Davit Saganelidze
      CEO, Partnership Fund
      Dr. David Saganelidze was appointed the CEO of the Partnership Fund in September, 2015. Before joining the Fund, Dr. Saganelidze was a leader of the Parliament majority representing the Georgian Dream Coalition, the country’s ruling party since 2012. David Saganelidze was appointed as a lawmaker in 2012 Parliamentary election. Mr. Saganelidze has been in politics over 20 years. He has been an MP since 1999 and held leading positions at the Georgian Parliament. In 2013, Saganelidze was appointed the vice-president of Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC). In addition, Dr. Saganelidze has accumulated a broad range of experience in the management, financial, healthcare and economic fields. Throughout his career, he has held various positions at TBC bank, Bank of Georgia, GHF, an English-Georgian stock company. He has also worked as a surgeon in the Tbilisi Oncology Centre of Georgia’s Health Ministry. Dr. David Saganelidze graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University as a surgeon. He also graduated from Tbilisi International Relations Institute as an economist and later Faculty of Law as a lawyer. Saganelidze received his post graduate degree from the Moscow Cancer Research Medical Center. He is also a graduate of Athens Business School and London and Brighton Business schools. He was granted a title of Honorary Doctorate from Tbilisi State Medical University. Saganelidze is an author of two books and 14 scientific papers.
      Mr. Mamuka Kobakhidze
      CEO, Georgian Energy Development Fund
      Mr. Kobakhidze graduated from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Commerce, Bachelor degree in Marketing and Economics in 2000 and Master degree in Economics in 2002. Also he got a Qualifications- Chief Specialist of Construction and Operation of Pipelines caused by Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Methodology Calculation for the Pipelines Security Zones. Mr. Kobakhidze is a General Director of Georgian Gas Transportation Company since 2008. He started working in Georgian Gas Transportation Company in 2006, at first he was a Chief Specialist of Administrative Department. Later in 2007, already became a Head of Supply Chain Service. Prior to current position of Mr. Kobakhidze, he has worked as a Head of Supply Chain Department. He is fluent in English and Russian languages.
      Mr. Giorgi Chogovadze
      Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration
      Nowadays Giorgi Chogovadze is a head of the National Tourism Administration. In 2014 he was a deputy head of Economic Policy Municipal Service. During 2012-2014 he was the general manager of Lufthansa City Center Central Travel and before that, during 2011-2012, he was the head of Marketing and Public Relations in Batumi State Maritime Academy. Also he took a position of the chairman of the commission for Events and Public Relations of ICC Georgia from 2009 to 2011. Prior to ICC Georgia, he has worked for ltd. "Business Protocol" as a General Manager; for ltd "Property Management" as a Director; for Airzena Georgian Airways as a head of Marketing Department and for SWISSAIR simultaneously as a deputy director of the company and Sales and Marketing Manager. Giorgi graduated from "ESM - Tbilisi", BBA in Business Administration in 1997 and MA in 2001.
      Ms. Nino Zambakhidze
      Chairman of Georgian Farmers’ Association
      Nino Zambakhidze born on 14th June, 1978. In 2005 she founded L.T.D. “LBN Line Distribution Company”, which is an official representative of Coffee Vergnano and Tea Ronnefeldt in Georgia. From 2008 Nino started farming and founded L.T.D. “Georgian Business Zone” (Milk Processing Farm and Animal Food Production Farm) in the village Tsnisi, Akahltsikhe Region, where she is both the founder and executive director. In 2010 Nino founded “Regional Development Association” in Akhaltsikhe, which executes various rural development projects. At the first annual Business-Award “Mercury 2011” ceremony, she received a prize for “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year”. Nino is also the first woman leader becoming an honorary coordinator of the organization “Invest for the Future” from 2012. This organization functions under the patronage of Hilary Clinton. While actively being an entrepreneur, Nino founded “Georgian Farmers’ Association” with her partners in 2012, where she serves as a chairwoman of the organization. The main goal of this association is advocacy on behalf of farmers. From 2014, Nino became the founder of Georgian Entrepreneurs’ Network, which helps beginners as well as experienced Entrepreneurs in business development. Nino is an MBA Candidate in Global Management (GGSB) & International Executive MBA (CSB) at Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France) and Caucasus School of Business (CSB).
      Mr. David Gigauri
      Director at Gryphon
      David Gigauri has 15 years of experience of origination and execution of cross border transactions for entrepreneurs and organisations in the Emerging Markets of Eastern Europe & Middle East. He is currently a Director at Gryphon, an Emerging Markets focused financial services company in London. Prior to joining Gryphon, he worked for the Consumer, Healthcare & Retail (CHR) investment banking team at JP Morgan, and Communications & Public Affairs Department at TNK-BP Oil Company. He has also worked on several Real Estate projects in New-York, London and Moscow. David holds a BA in Business and Economics from University College London (UCL) and an MSc (with merit) from the London School of Economics (LSE). In addition to English he speaks Russian and Georgian.