Power and conflict seem to be shifting on a daily basis, defined by everything from landmark summits to presidential tweets. Using his four decades of diplomatic and political service as a foundation, David Chikvaidze
will discuss the current state of geopolitics and explore what the future might hold. Mike Thompson
, Chief Content Officer at WOSU Public Media, will interview. Read more about Dr. Chikvaidze...
Be sure to register for the special pre-forum event featuring Dr. Chikvaidze...
Regular Entree: Chilled Salad Nicoise with Atlantic salmon and lemon vinaigrette.
Vegetarian Entree: Chilled Salad Nicoise with lemon vinaigrette.
In partnership with: The Columbus Council on World Affairs, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International, and League of Women Voters Metro Columbus
About David Chikvaidze
David Chikvaidze is currently serving as Chef de Cabinet to his third Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). During his fifteen years in Geneva, he has served at different times as Director of the UN Library at Geneva and Chairman of the UNOG Cultural Activities Committee, acting Senior Political Adviser to the Director-General of UNOG, Senior Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief of Communications and NGO Partnerships, and spokesman for the 61st session of the Commission on Human Rights.
During his time with the UN in New York, Dr. Chikvaidze was a part of several sensitive projects and envoys in Kosovo, North Korea, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Western Sahara. He was also tasked with coordinating assistance to the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident
Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Chikvaidze served as presidential protocol and advance officer, as well as deputy Chief of Office, for President Mikhail Gorbachev. He later served as presidential protocol officer for President Boris Yeltsin. A diplomat by training, he spent five years in Washington, D.C. (1985-1990), where, as special assistant to the Soviet Ambassador and Chief of Protocol of the Embassy, he worked with the White House, the Department of State, other Executive Departments, on US-Soviet Summits and Ministerial meetings.
Dr. Chikvaidze holds a Ph.D. in political science. He is vice president of the Swiss Forum for International Affairs, vice president of the Geneva Diplomatic Club, Associate Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, member of Rotary International, and founding member of the Georgian Association of Switzerland and of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation. Born in Tbilisi, Dr. Chikvaidze is a citizen of Georgia. He is married and has one son and three grandsons.