Lela Chikovani
First Deputy Defence Minister of Georgia
  • USA, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA; Defense Analysis and National Security Affairs; Master of Science Degree; 
  • Tbilisi State University; Economics and Management; Academic Degree of Master;
  •  Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context Course; 
  • USA, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA; Defense Resources Management Institute; USA, Resources Management Course;
  •  Sweden, Swedish National Defence College, Stockholm; Challenges and Strategies of the European Security Policy; 
  • Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Leadership Program, Stability, Security, Transition and Reconstruction Operations; 
  • National Defense Academy of Georgia; Special Military Studies; 

‘Medal of Merit’ for the exceptional contribution; Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of   Lithuania;

‘Medal of Merit’ for exceptional contribution; Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia;

‘Medals of Merit’ of the second and first degree; Ministry of Defense of Georgia; 


LANGUAGES : Proficient in English and Russian  


Work Experience:

August 2016 up to now   Ministry of Defence of Georgia, First Deputy Minister

Aug. 2015 –July 2016      State Security Service of Georgia, Head of administration/Chief of Staff

Feb. 2015 – August 2015 Ministry of Internal Affairs, Head of Administration

2011- 2015  Ministry of Internal Affairs, Head of International Maritime Cooperation Division, the Coast Guard, Border Police of Georgia                                                                     

2010-2011  Ministry of Defense of Georgia, Advisor to the Georgian Chief of Defense         

18.09.2008-09.02.2009  Ministry of Defense, Head of J5 - Strategic Planning and Military Policy Department of the Joint Staff of Armed Forces of Georgia   

2006–2008 Embassy of Georgia in the Republic of Lithuania, Defense Attaché of Georgia to the Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Estonia and Republic of Poland

1998-2006 Ministry of Defense, various positions within International Relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration Department