Founder & Executive Directors

Temur Ugulava

Founder

Temur Ugulava

Valeri Chekheria

Chief Executive Officer

Valeri Chekheria

Valeri has emerged as a key business leader in the region through his innovative approach to implementing modern business values to the Georgian community. 

Under his leadership Adjara Group has built a diverse portfolio of internationally renowned hotels and trend-setting new entrepreneurial projects including a large-scale agricultural and farming development initiative in Eastern region of Georgia. 

Valeri is a dedicated philanthropist involved in several charitable causes and leads the company’s CSR efforts. He is Chairman of the Board of the Global Compact Network Georgia as well as a board-member of the McLain Association Children. 

Prior to taking leadership of the company in 2011 he served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Economic Development and the Minister of Finance. Valeri graduated from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, where he completed a Masters of Public Administration (MPA). 

As a recognition of his achievements Valeri was nominated in 2018 by the World Economic Forum as a member of the Young Global Leaders’ programme along with 100 of the world’s most promising, business leaders, public servants, technologists, social entrepreneurs and artists. 

Levan Berulava

Managing Director

Levan Berulava

As a Managing Director, Levan oversees the Group’s hospitality businesses and provides leadership for improving the industry standards of the country.

Levan is one of the key figures behind the Georgian brands, Rooms and Stamba hotels as well as Fabrika hostel, which have gained global recognition and showcased Georgia as a ‘must visit’ destination.

Levan started his career in international affairs and public policy working in New York, Brussels, Istanbul and Tbilisi. Prior to joining Adjara Group, he served as Adviser to the Minister of Finance of Georgia.

Levan graduated from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs where he completed a Masters of Public Administration (MPA). He also holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Politics from University de Paris XI & CERIS.

Board of Directors

Amiran Msuknishvili

Finances Director

Amiran Msuknishvili

Amiran serves as Adjara Group’s Director of Finance since 2014. He has over 15 years of experience both in the Finance and Hospitality sectors. Prior to joining the company, he worked for several major international hotel brands in Georgia including Radisson and Marriott. 

Amiran graduated from Georgian Banking Financial Institute with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics. 

Nino Bartaia

Human Resources Director

Nino Bartaia

Nino was among the first five employees of Adjara Group when she joined in 2010. Under her leadership of human resources, the team has grown to over 2000 employees. Nino has been a key figure in establishing the company’s organizational structure and corporate culture.

Before Adjara Group, Nino worked at the US Embassy in Georgia and also served in local parliament representative office in Tbilisi.

She has been lecturing on Human Resource Management at Tbilisi State University, as well as at Georgian American University and Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). 

Nino Kvernadze

Project ‘Udabno’ Director

Nino Kvernadze

Nino is leading Adjara Group’s agropreneurial projects and initiatives. She is the director of Project Udabno, a large-scale agricultural development in Kakheti, the eastern region of Georgia. Nino joined the team in 2017 with the task of reevaluating the company’s food and beverage supply chain and successfully implementing an efficient system to supply all of Adjara Group hotels and restaurants with locally sourced produce where possible. 

Nino comes from over five years of work experience at the globally leading investment bank, Goldman Sachs, in New York. During this time, she led various industry wide projects and managed a team in operations. She graduated with honors from Weber State University in the United States, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Oto Berishvili

Marketing & Business Development Director

Oto Berishvili

Oto joined the Group in 2010 and heads a visionary team of 30 people who have successfully led sales and marketing campaigns for each of the properties. Oto has showcased the essence of modern Georgia to the international audience through Adjara Group’s brands. His strategic vision combined with natural flair and tireless dedication are key to the global recognition of the company and its enterprises. 

Before joining Adjara Group, Oto was a member of the European Youth Parliament. He graduated from the International Black Sea University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. 

Tina Kavadze

Head of Corporate Communications

Tina Kavadze

Tina comes to Adjara Group with a strong background in international strategic communications. She successfully established the Group’s communications infrastructure and is responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies and campaigns. 

Prior to joining Adjara Group, Tina worked at Albany Associates – a London based strategic communications firm specializing in international affairs. Her work took her to the Middle East and East Africa, where she advised government agencies, international institutions and political groups on various cross-border issues. Amongst other activities, she was a member of the team advising the Syrian Opposition during multiple rounds of Geneva peace talks. 

She holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Politics from Uppsala University, Sweden. 

Nino Meskhishvili

Head of Legal Department

Nino Meskhishvili

Nino has over 20 years of experience in corporate and civil law. In 2010, she was appointed head of the legal department and created the group’s legal structure. 

Prior to joining the company Nino worked at the Ministry of Justice and at the Georgian National Oil Company as legal advisor to the General Director. 

Nino teaches Civil Studies at both the Caucasus and Georgian Universities. She holds a PhD from the Caucasus University having completed both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Cybernetics and Applied Mathematics at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

Nino Pataridze

Events Director

Nino Pataridze

In 2010, Nino began her career at Holiday Inn Tbilisi in the Food and Beverage Department. Today she is the company’s director of events and heads a team of 35 people. She is responsible for event management including international conferences, large-scale banquets and catering services. Nino’s professionalism and dedication has brought popularity and recognition to the quality of the company’s events management services. 

Nino graduated from the Georgian Aviation University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

Irakli Asatiani

Executive Chef

Irakli Asatiani

Irakli is responsible for all the restaurants at Adjara Group and drives the development of new food and beverage experiences. He gained expertise in and developed passion for culinary arts in Stuttgart, where he served as Head-Chef at café ‘Hueftengold’. Upon his return to Georgia in 2010 he joined the company and was trained by two Michelin star chefs Thomas Muller and Claude Bosi. Soon after, Irakli became the youngest Executive Chef in Georgia. Today he leads a team of 250 people and has conceptualized some of the most praised restaurants across the country.

Nino Tskhadaia

Strategic Planning Director

Nino Tskhadaia

Nino joined Adjara Group in 2019 as Strategic Planning Director with the responsibility to monitor the company’s strategic development and ensure successful execution of the new initiatives. Nino will work closely with international financial institutions and guide the company to enforce strategy aimed toward profitable long-term growth.

Nino has over 10 years of experience in banking in Georgia. Prior to joining Adjara Group, she worked as Head of Research and Brokerage at TBC Capital, wholly owned investment banking subsidiary of TBC Bank. Prior to joining TBC Group, Nino served as Head of Analytics and Customer Experience at Bank Republic, Societe Generale Group. Nino graduated from Georgia State University in the United States, with a Bachelor’s in Finance and Master’s in Risk Management. She also holds MBA from Columbia Business School.

Gocha Khojelani

Engineering & Technical Director

Gocha Khojelani

Gocha Khojelani is the company’s Technical Director and in 2010 was one of the first to join Adjara Group. Prior to this, he worked in city planning and water supply management. Gocha’s professionalism and experience ensure the technical excellence of the company’s projects.

Andrey Ter-Grikurov

Information Technologies Director

Andrey Ter-Grikurov

Andrey, is in charge of Adjara Group’s IT infrastructure and development projects. He joined the team in 2010 with the task of creating the company’s IT services and IT infrastructure & communication systems.  Andrey’s new initiatives ensure that the company is fully embracing the ever-evolving tech industry.

General Managers

Rusudan Kalandadze

General manager, Holiday Inn Tbilisi

Rusudan Kalandadze

Rusudan is the General Manager at Holiday Inn, leading its commitment to providing the quality standards and guest experience of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG). Since her nomination in 2017, Rusudan has reinforced the highest quality brand standards and increased operational efficiencies in finance, sales, revenue and marketing. 

Prior to joining the company Rusudan held the position of branch manager at Bank of Georgia, a London Stock Exchange listed bank. Having graduated from ESM Business School, she has experience in the insurance, banking and sales industries.

Elene Machavariani

General Manager, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

Elene Machavariani

Elene joined the company as executive assistant to the CEO in 2011 where she gained an in- depth understanding of business operations in the hospitality sector. In 2017, she was appointed General Manager at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi and since she has restructured the hotel’s operations.

Elene came to the company with over ten years of managerial experience in both private and public sectors. She served as General Director at several leading advertising companies where she was in charge of major international brands.

Elene holds a BA in International Law and Diplomacy from the American University of Hawaii, Tbilisi

Nino Ekvtimishvili

General Manager, Fabrika

Nino Ekvtimishvili

Nino is the General Manager at Fabrika Hostel. Transformed from an old Soviet- era garment factory into a colorful, trendy venue, Fabrika brings together local youth and adventurous travelers.

Since joining the company in 2017 Nino has enhanced efficiencies of the hostel and re-modeled its business operations.

Nino has a strong background in the food and beverage sector since for over ten years she has worked for several major food and wine production companies.