David Bakradze

David Bakradze

Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia
Date of Birth: 01.07.1972
Country: Georgia

  1. Biography of Davit Bakradze
  2. Political Career
  3. Personal Life

Biography of Davit Bakradze

Davit Bakradze was born on July 1, 1972, in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated from the Technical University of Georgia in 1994 and completed his postgraduate studies in "Theoretical Foundations of Radio Physics" in 1998. He defended his dissertation and obtained a candidate of physical and mathematical sciences degree. Additionally, he studied at the Georgian-American Institute of Public Administration from 1995 to 1996. In 1997, Bakradze graduated from the Swiss Institute of International Relations and later joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Political Career

From 1997 to 2000, Bakradze served as the Deputy Head of the Arms Control and Armament Control Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1998, he studied at the Center for European Security Studies in Germany and completed his education at the NATO Defense College in Italy in 2001. In 2002, Bakradze began working at the Office of the National Security Council of Georgia, initially heading the Security Service. In 2003, he was appointed as the Director of the Department of External Security and Conflicts, and in 2004, he became the Director of the Department of Political Security.

In 2004, Bakradze was elected as a Member of Parliament in Georgia representing the ruling bloc "National Movement - Democrats" led by Mikheil Saakashvili. He then became the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration. On July 19, 2007, Bakradze assumed the position of State Minister for Conflict Resolution in Georgia, succeeding Merab Antadze. This appointment was seen as an effort by the Georgian authorities to involve European structures more actively in resolving the conflicts in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

In January 2008, Bakradze was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of Vladimir Gurgenidze, replacing Gela Bezhuashvili. Bakradze's appointment was unexpected and received media attention. During the presidential elections in Georgia on January 5, 2008, Bakradze served as the head of Mikheil Saakashvili's campaign headquarters. However, in May 2008, he resigned from his position as the Minister of Foreign Affairs to run for a parliamentary seat.

In the parliamentary elections held on May 21, 2008, Bakradze's ruling party, the "United National Movement," won 119 out of 150 seats. Bakradze also became a Member of Parliament. On June 7, 2008, he was elected as the Speaker of the Parliament, succeeding Nino Burjanadze. During his confirmation, Bakradze called for cooperation with the opposition and expressed his commitment to fighting poverty and achieving Euro-Atlantic integration for Georgia.

Personal Life

Davit Bakradze holds the rank of State Counsellor First Class and the diplomatic rank of Senior Counsellor. He is a senior lieutenant in the reserve of the Armed Forces of Georgia. Bakradze is married and has two children.