Georgian Studies Advisory Board

The Advisory Board acts as a sounding board for the Director of the Program on Georgian Studies, and provides strategic advice on the program’s future development.


Dr. Neil MacFarlane

Neil MacFarlane joined Oxford University as the Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Relations in 2006. He has a wide range of research interests, which focus on the theory and practice of international relations of the former Soviet space, as well as Georgian regional foreign policy

Zaza Pachulia

Zaza Pachulia was a professional player in the NBA for over 16 years, and a member of the Golden Warriors’ 2017 and 2018 NBA Championship teams. Currently, a consultant with the Golden Warriors, and founder and leader of the Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy in Georgia. 

Ambassador Natalie Sabanadze

Natalie Sabanadze is currently the Cyrus Vance visiting professor in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. Previously she held positions as Georgia’s ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union as well as a Senior Adviser/Head of Section at the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. 

Simon Sidamon-Eristoff

Simon Sidamon-Eristoff leads the tax-exempt organizations practice at Kalbian Hagerty, LLP, a Washington, DC, law firm.  He chairs the board of American Friends of Georgia, a nonprofit provider of humanitarian aid to the Republic of Georgia

Dr. Mamuka Tsereteli

Mamuka Tsereteli has more than thirty years of experience in academia, diplomacy and business in the Black Sea and Caspian regions. He is president of the America-Georgia Business Council, a Senior Fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the American Foreign Policy Council and Senior Adjunct Professor at the School of International Service, American University in Washington DC. 

Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz

Kenneth Yalowitz is a retired career U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and Belarus. Since retirement he has been a faculty member at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University as well as an adjunct at Washington and Lee, Mount Holyoke and now at Virginia Tech.

Elizabeth Zaldastani Napier

Elizabeth Zaldastani Napier is a Trustee of the G. Zaldastanishvili American Academy in Tbilisi and Board Member of American Friends of Georgia.  She worked at Harvard Business School, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and is currently with the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She led the Georgian American Diaspora organization from 1995 to 2005 and helped launch the America Georgia Business Council.