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Mr. Andro Barnovi has a 18 year background of very active participation in reforms of Georgian public and civil sector. While specialized in defense and security, business consultancy, information policies and institutional development, he had worked on leading positions in various public agencies including the Administration of the President, the Ministry of Defense, Joint Staff of Armed Forces, Parliament, civil sector and academia.

In almost all of these capacities, he has been working on higher managerial positions, dealing with sector-wide or nation-wide reforms. Due to his multi-related background, Andro has developed an in-depth understanding of the situation in entire public sector; has developed close personal contacts and spirit of cooperation with the representatives of various public agencies, independent experts, politicians, civil activists, and he is himself well known to Georgian public through his wide-ranging publicity during several years. In the past, Andro has proved to be a principled civil activist himself, with strong liberal democratic platform and ability to withstand popular pressures when it comes to defending values of statehood and democracy. Today, he is a founder and leader of the Movement for Independence and EU Integration.

Andro’s experience in institutional capacity building is exceptional. Since July 2011, he was made Deputy Defense Minister of Georgia in charge of education and training, personnel policy and analytic direction. At the same time, he kept the position of the rector of National Defense Academy of Georgia (NDA) where he worked from November, 2011, and was responsible for the creation of the Academy from scratch. Under his direct guidance, the academy incorporated entire officers' education system while making up the "sandwich model" of interchangeable service and education during officers' entire career. A 4-yr Cadet Bachelors College, Captains Career School, Command and General Staff School and the School of Advanced Defense Studies were all made parts of NDA under his supervision and management. NDA started to operate according to Bologna process rules and its declared mission was identified to make the defense education an effective tool for regional cooperation, while inviting officers and civilians for education in NDA.

During 2005-2006, he served as executive director of the newly established Institute of Strategy and Development (STanD) and as its managing chair of board since 2006. Later, STanD became a respectable organisation, which is consulting various public agencies, incl. Ministry of Defence, State Minister for Reintegration, National Security Council, Ministry of Science and Education, various political parties, SMEs, Civil Society organizations etc.

Andro’s earlier experience includes very intensive work for defence sector reforms in the capacity of chief of staff of the Defence and Security Committee of the Georgian Parliament, and earlier as member of “reformist group” at the Deputy Defence Minister and head of Defence Policy Department within the General Staff. Programming, planning, and budgeting system (PPBES), defence restructuring, personnel reduction, drafting of strategic documents and harmonisation of security sector’s legislature with the EU model has been his main sphere of his occupation during this period

Work experience

Oct 2013Present


United National Movement

Political Council

Apr 2012Jan 2013

SAC Member

PFP Consorcium

Represent Geiorgia in Security Advisory Council (SAC)

Aug 2012Jan 2013

Dean, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Political Science,

Journalism and Mass Communications,

International Relations,

Human Geography,

Social Work,



Jul 2011Jul 2012

Deputy Minister

Ministry of Defense

Portfolio: Education and Training, Personnel Policy, Information and Analysis 

Sep 2005Jul 2011

Managing Chair of Board

STanD - Institute for Strategy and Development

General Management of the Institute, incl. the following departments:

·Business consultancy Unit

·Economics and Agriculture Research Unit

·Trainings’ Section

·Renewable Energy Group

·Good Governance Section

·Information Technologies’ Group

Sep 2010Jun 2011

Faculty Member

Ilia State University

Lecturer on MA and PhD Faculty

- Anthropology of Conflict and War (MA)

Sep 2005Jan 2011

Faculty Member

GIPA - Georgian Institute of Public Affairs

Lecturer on MA and BA courses:

·Political and Military Crises and Management Strategies (MA)

·        International Relations (BA) 

·Russia and North Caucasus (MA)  

Oct 2005Oct 2007

Chief Advisor to the President

GTUC - Georgian Trade Unions Confederation

·Policy Formulation; Strategic Planning; Supervision and Monitoring;

·Structural Reforms; Optimization Issues; Personnel Selection and Training;

·Cooperation with International Experts, Foreign Diplomats and Representatives;

·Participating in tripartite commission

·Planning and Holding Negotiations with Individual and Business Unions Representatives;

·Directing Publicity and Public Relations

·Planning and direct participation in rallies and policy debates

Some highlights of the accomplishments:

·Drafted and launched implementation of the “Promoting Trade Union Culture, Program for Georgia” – this was an extensive three-phase program, implying fundamental structural and institutional reforms within the GTUC and its member federations, as well as special educational and training programs; overall new philosophy for the Georgian Trades Unions implying the departure from the service-oriented federations; information policies including specific projects like the newspaper and the interactive website, as well as new information management system; etc.

·Elaborated new statistics module for all (27) Trades Unions Federations, supervised data collection and processing

·Planned and supervised implementation of the series of “Train the Trainer” seminars; prepared training modules for the future trainings

·Contributed much in establishing new-level relations with International Confederation of Free Trades Unions (ICFTU); European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC); International Labor Organization (ILO); German Confederation of Trades Unions (DGB); International Falcon Movement; and number of other international partner organizations

.         Was principal expert on European Integration and EU policies and specifically on ENP (participated in expert group on ENP Monitoring, supported by OSI and FES); later, supervised the work of expert group as GTUC nominee.

May 2002Dec 2003

Chief of Staff

Parliament of Georgia

Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Security

·Supervision of proceedings in the six national power agencies

·Working on defense/security reforms

·Budgetary supervision/ formulation of the so called PPBES budget

·Coordination with the Chairmen of the Committee

·Coordination with the chief of the Parliamentary Staff

·Coordination with respective government bodies

·Liaison with State officials/international representatives

Some highlights of the accomplishments:

·Received an official letter of appreciation from the Parliament’s Spokesperson for the achievements in reforming the security system of Georgia

·Drafted the new bill on National Defence System and Military Service of Georgia

.        Prepared the comprehensive document on corruption issues in the national defence system of Georgia

Oct 2000Apr 2002

Head of Department

Georgian Armed Forces

Department on Defence Policy at J5

·Strategic documents

·Development Plans

.         Cooperation with international advisors

May 1998Jun 1999

CIS and Eastern Europe Direction

Ministry of Defence

Department of Treaties and Law

·Annual plans of military cooperation


·Assisting ministerial assessment works

·Drafting treaties

·Managing correspondence

·Assisting the deputy-minister


Sep 1980Jul 1991


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