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Margarita Akhvlediani, Director / Editor-in-Chief

Margarita Akhvlediani co-founded the Go Group Media in February, 2009 along with Thomas de Waal and Mariam Betlemidze, and now she heads the organization. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Eyewitness Studio. Margarita has been a war reporter, as well as editor and producer for more than 20 years, working through ethnic conflicts and civil wars in the Caucasus region. She was the Caucasus Programme Director for London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in 2002-2008. She also taught Conflict Reporting, Journalism Ethics and Media Management courses to graduate students at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. In 2006, Margarita won a Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists and spent a year at Stanford University. In autumn 2007, she was a Dart Center Ochberg Fellow in Journalism and Trauma. In 2010-2011 she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dart Society (Columbia University, New York, USA). In 2012 she became a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Society-Georgia (Soros Foundation). In 2010 Margarita earned Master's degree in Political Philosophy from the University of York, United Kingdom.
Diana Petriashvili, Editor/Web-Manager

Diana has been working as a journalist for 15 years. She mainly wrote for print media sources, both Georgian and international, but also has experience in radio journalism. She was a Global Radio News correspondent in Georgia, the country editor at the Caspian Business News, she reported for the 'Eurasianet' online magazine, prepared photo-essays for the popular Ukrainian magazine 'Focus', and contributed to many foreign newspapers on a freelance basis. Diana has a degree in journalism, she entered Tbilisi State University after completing a high school course in the USA as an exchange student through the FSA/FLEX program.
David Pipia, Editor

David Pipia joined the Go Group Media as an editor from its very beginning. He came to Go Group Media after working as an editor, and producer for the 'Studio Re' in Tbilisi. David also was an editor at the Tbilisi-based television 'Rustavi-2'. David has fifteen years of experience of working as a cameraman, editor and producer for various television and radio companies. He was only 16 when he got his first experience as a cameraman at the television company 'Odishi', and he also worked as a head of the photo-video department at the non-profit media organization 'Atinati' in his hometown, Zugdidi, in Samegrelo region. Later he decided to change his career to economics and in 1994 he entered a college in Zugdidi. Soon he realized that the professional filmmaking was his only passion, and continued his studies in Tbilisi at the Television and Radio Institute. Having constant aspiration for raising his professional skills, David participates in various seminars and workshops.
Natasha Shtykova, Grants manager

Natasha's university diploma says she is a teacher of English and French languages, however, she's never worked as one.  Just months after graduation from the Ilia Chavchavadze State University of Western Cultures and Languages, she landed a job with the news agency BLACK SEA PRESS in Tbilisi that put her on a career path as a translator. In the subsequent period, Natasha worked for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting for years and cooperated with the International Crisis Group on several occasions. She has joined the GO Group Media in a capacity that will open up new avenues for her professional and personal growth.
Maka Tsnobiladze, Chief Executive

Maka Tsnobiladze joined the GO Group Media from its very beginning. She previously worked as office and communications manager for the Caucasus Programme of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. She has twelve-year experience of working on different positions in governmental and non-governmental organizations. She began her career at the Georgian News Agency 'Sakinformi' as a photo publishing editor. She has a degree in English language and literature from the Tbilisi State University of Western European languages. 

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