Giorgi Kvirikashvili is the Vice-Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Prior to this capacity, he served as the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, CEO at Cartu Bank and Principal at Lenzie Fisher Hendry LLC. He also held positions at First Commercial Bank, United Georgian Bank, Trade Invest Bank. He was in charge of all aspects of strategy, development and operations of the bank. He also served as a Member of Parliament of Georgia and a team leader of the Parliament’s working group on Georgia’s accession to WTO, where he was responsible for informing members of the Parliament on details of the agreement and the revisions needed for bringing Georgian legislation in compliance with the WTO requirements. His other experiences include the role of the chief policy strategist for economic and financial matters, where he was responsible for development of laws on State Budget, Tax and Customs Codes, the Law on Bankruptcy and Entrepreneurship, and the Law on Simplified Collateral Registration, aimed at improving access to finance for SMEs. He also worked as the Deputy Head of Fiscal, Monetary and Foreign Economic Relations' Office of the President of Georgia (State Chancellery). H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili holds Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois, USA.