Ms. Elene Aladashvili
Director of Communications and Development
San Diego State University (SDSU) Georgia
Elene Aladashvili joined SDSU Georgia in February 2015. She leads University’s public relations, strategic outreach, media relations, marketing, stakeholder engagement, public and private partnership and development efforts.
With more than 15 years in international development, Ms. Aladashvili is an experienced manager of development programs and expert in media and communications. She has been successfully managing media and civil society development programs or led strategic communications portfolio and public relations agenda of projects funded by EU, UNDP, USAID, US State Department and MCC.
Before joining SDSU Elene was a program manager for a large-scale media project at UNDP, where she provided leadership and advice to UNDP senior management in relation to media and communication issues, led public education and media literacy campaigns as well as supported institutional strengthening of Georgian media and civil society institutions. Previously she worked as a senior program manager at IREX for the US State Department funded Georgian Media Partnership Program and developed partnerships between Georgian and American institutions. Elene also managed outreach and media relations for MCC’s $395 million first compact in Georgia. Elene worked as a country manager for Media Diversity Institute London on an EU-funded project aimed at improved coverage of ethnic and minority issues in the South Caucasus.
Ms. Aladashvili’s professional background includes extensive advisory and consultancy experience in strategic communications for various public and donor organizations. In this capacity she developed communications and stakeholder engagement strategies for the Parliament of Georgia, Office of the State Minister on EU Integration, Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia as well as UNDP, UNOPS, ADB and MCC funded national and international projects.
Ms. Aladashvili is a member of the Authorization Council for Vocational Educational Institutions at the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (EQE), American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia (AmCham) and the U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni Association of Georgia (EPAG).
Ms. Aladashvili holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Tbilisi State University (TSU). She studied management at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania as an exchange student and is an alumna of US state department funded Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) and the Global Village Program.