Prof. Dr. David Lordkipanidze is a member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the USA National Academy of Sciences. He has led the Georgian National Museum (GNM) since its establishment. His scientific interests are related to human evolution and issues of natural history. He is the author of more than 180 scientific publications, including dozens of articles in journals such as Nature, Science Magazine, and PNAS . Professor Lordkipanidze led the discovery of the earliest known human remains outside of Africa at Dmanisi in Georgia. He also led the international, interdisciplinary research group which identified the earliest traces wine in the world. He is a professor at Tbilisi State University. David Lordkipanidze has received many awards, such as National decorations of Georgia, France, and Germany; prizes like the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei “Fabio Frassetto," the Rolex Award for Enterprise, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award, among others.
He also serves both as member and as chair of science committees in the world’s leading museums. Under his leadership seven Museums united under the GNM umbrella have been already renovated and opened their doors to the public offering modern, top-level exhibitions.