Dr. Shalva Dzebisashvili received a doctoral fellowship (GEM) from European Commission in September 2012, successfully defended his thesis and was awarded the doctoral degree at the Institute for European Studies (IEE-ULB, Brussels) in January 2016. In 2008–09 he successfully completed an M.A. course in Strategic Security Studies at the NDU (Washington D.C.) and consequently took over the position of Senior Civilian Representative of Georgian MOD (Defense Advisor) to the Georgian Mission to NATO. From 2003 to 2012 and from 2016-to 2019 he served at various senior defense policy and planning related positions at Georgian Ministry of Defense. He is an associate professor at University of Georgia and founder of various Georgian Non-governmental organizations and think-tanks such as the Civil Council on Defense and Security (CCDS) and the Georgian Strategic Analysis Center (GSAC). In October 2017 he assumed the capacity of a program manager for developing courses such Strategic Policy and Planning, and Public policy and Reporting at the Defense Institution Building School (DIBS). He is author of several academic publications and press articles.