David Soumbadze

Rumsfeld Fellowship Director



David Soumbadze is a Director of the Rumsfeld Fellowship Program for young leaders from the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia and Central Asia (CAMCA), which the Joint Center operates in cooperation with the Rumsfeld Foundation. He holds BA and MA in Economic, Political and Social Geography from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia (1982) and Master's Degree in International Policy and Practice from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (2008).

From 1994 to 2006 David Soumbadze worked for the Embassy of Georgia in the USA, Canada and Mexico as a Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission in charge of political and security affairs. Twice (2002 and 2006) he also served as a Charge d’Affaires of Georgia in the United States. Prior to coming to Washington David Soumbadze worked as an adviser in the office of the National Security Adviser to the President of Georgia (1992-1994) and as a Deputy Head of NATO and Disarmament Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (1992). He also served as an Executive Secretary of the State Commission on Georgia’s Participation in NATO Partnership for Peace Program (1993-1994).

From 1982 to 1991 David Soumbadze was a Deputy Head of System Analysis Department in the Institute of Information and Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has a diplomatic rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

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