Gela Charkviani


Gela Charkviani who lived and worked as an ambassador of Georgia in the UK, currently resides in Tbilisi, Georgia.

He is a prominent Georgian diplomat, author, teacher, and television host; An outstanding expert in American and British Studies.

Gela Charkviani was born in Tbilisi on 1 March 1939. His father was Candide Charkviani, a leader of the Georgian Communist Party, and his mother was an ophthalmologist Tamar Jaoshvili.

He was married to Nana Toidze-Charkviani. The couple has a son and two daughters. Their son Irakli Charkviani was an approved Georgian musician and writer.

Gela Charkviani studied architecture at the Georgian Technical University; later he graduated from the Ilia Chavchavadze Institute of Foreign Languages. During his post-graduate studies, Gela Charkviani spent a term at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1970. This period is regarded as the peak of the Youth Revolution in the United States. Gela Charkviani believes that the time spent in Ann Arbor has had a significant influence on his worldview.

Gela Charkviani has 25 years of work experience as a teacher if English at the Ilia Chavchavadze Foreign Languages Institute, and as a teacher of sociology at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

In 1976-1994 he hosted a monthly TV program Globe on the Georgian broadcasting company, featuring profiles of the world nations. In 2004 his documentary series Georgians in the Kremlin was released in five episodes, aired from September through October on Rustavi-2, a Georgian TV broadcaster.

In 1984-1992 Gela Charkviani was a vice-president of the Georgian Society for Cultural Relations.

In 1992-2003 he served as a senior advisor for foreign policy to President Eduard Shevardnadze.

In 2005 president Mikheil Saakashvili appointed Gela Charkviani his spokesperson. In 2006 Gela Charkviani served as Ambassador of Georgia to the UK and Ireland. He retired from diplomatic service in September 2011.

He is a man of many hobbies and interests. However, music holds the central position throughout his life. In 2004 a CD of his piano miniatures was released; in 2006 a musical «Nargiza and the Nonstop Luxury Express» (1974). His latest work is «Irakliana» – a triptych of three piano suites, featuring themes by his late son Irakli.

Gela Charkviani translated Shakespeare's King Lear. His work was staged by the internationally noted Georgian theatre director Robert Sturua and had great success at the Rustaveli Drama Theatre in Tbilisi in the 1980s and 1990s. It was also performed at various venues abroad.

In the summer of 2008, Gela Charkviani's public speeches from 1997 to 2008 were published in English. The book covers many significant issues for the newly independent nations in Eurasia and provides vital suggestions for the current state of affairs in the region.

In 2013 the publishing house «Artanuji» released Gela Charkviani’s new book «An Interview with my Dad», which is constructed as a dialogue between father and son, who belong to different generations and, also, have different beliefs and values. The text is based on actual conversations that took place in 1989-1992. Candide Charkviani, already over 80 years old by then, was the only person alive who witnessed and has been personally involved in the relations between Stalin’s Kremlin and the Soviet Republic of Georgia. «Artanuji» published several editions of the book that sold out. In 2016 the book was translated in Italian and published by «Palombi Editori» as La dimensione Georgiana di Stalin.

Gela Charkviani’s next book «Nagerala» (Self-sown seedlings) is a collection of notes he has been writing for over two decades. The first edition was released by the publishing house «Intellect» in 2014. The second edition of the book became Georgia’s National Bestseller #2 in 2015.