Tamar Toria has been holding the position of the Executive Director at the Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA) since January 2015. In addition to general daily operations of the organization, Tamar is responsible for the activities of GFA Call Centre, PR, Procurement and Logistics, Mobile Application “Agronavti”, Certification and Vocational Educational Departments, fundraising and implementation of the donor funded projects, as well as development and implementation of the services for member farmers, in correspondence with the GFA Strategy. Tamar represents GFA and its member farmers at different working groups and boards and carries forward key messages respectively.
Besides, Tamar is an Advisor on Donor Relations at the Farmers’ Council, is a member of the Appeal Board of the Educational Programs for General and Higher Education Institutions, a member of the Ilia Tsinamdzgvrishvili Public Vocational College Supervisory Board etc.
Prior to joining the Association, Tamar has worked on economic development and agriculture programs in the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and with different donor organizations and donor funded projects such as British Embassy to Georgia/DfID, Millennium Challenge Georgia Fund (MCG) and USAID funded New Economic Opportunities Initiative (NEO).
Tamar graduated from Tbilisi I. Chavchavadze State Institute of Western European Languages and Culture and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Georgian-American Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). She is a graduate of the Mastery of Management Graduate Diploma program in Corporate Strategy & Planning at International Cambridge College, is an alumni of Stanford University Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) Training Program “The How Of Policy Reform” and USDA Cochran Fellowship Program in Agribusiness Management and Marketing at Fresno, California, USA. She has also obtained other numerous certificates from various courses both at home and abroad.
Rati [Irakli] Kochlamazashvili joined the Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA) as a Deputy Chairman in March, 2020. Before he served as an advisory board member of GFA during 2018-2019 years. Last six years (2014-2019), Rati was a Deputy Head of the Agricultural Policy Research Center at the ISET Policy Institute, where as a project manager and lead researcher, he implemented over 20 projects covering most of the agricultural value chains of Georgia. During 2012-2013 years, Rati was a junior scientist at the University of Minnesota (USA).
In addition, Rati serves as a deputy head of Sheep Breeders Association of Georgia (since 2014); co-founder and executive director of Tusheti Development Fund (since 2015); advisory board member of the Association of Georgian Agro Journalists (since 2018), etc.
Rati holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Tbilisi State University. During his master’s studies, he spent a semester at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) working on the master’s thesis (2011). After graduation, he studied applied and agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota in the United States (2012-2013). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tbilisi State University. In addition, he has attended the Teaching Fellow course in Czech Republic (2015) and the MASHAV course in Israel (2018). Since 2015, Rati is an invited lecturer of Economics at University of Georgia (2015-2017) and Ilia State University (since 2017). He is fluent in Georgian and English.