Penn Kemble Fellow: Mariam Tarasashvili

Mariam Tarasashvili is with the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, where she focuses on freedom of religion, other human rights issues and democratic governance in Europe and Central Asia. Prior to this, she served as Head of Labor Relations and Social Partnership Division in the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, focusing on the labor policy development, international cooperation and donor relations and elaborating country labor and employment strategy. In 2007-2010, Tarasashvili worked with the Young Socialists of Georgia (YSG) on the issues of developing democratic values and principles among Georgian society, and on active youth engagement in civil society and the development of youth policy. In 2009-2010, she held internships in Ministry of Defense of Georgia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, and in 2008 she participated in NATO Bucharest Summi as a volunteer of Information Center on NATO. In 2008 she also joined the World Bank Youth Voices of Georgia for two years, implementing youth activities in the frame of World Bank policy priorities. Tarasashvili earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Tallinn University (Estonia) with a focus on Democracy and Security. She speaks four languages: English, Russian, German and Georgian.




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