David Kirvalidze brings 24 years of leadership and management experience in agriculture development specifically focused on development policy, value-added agriculture and private sector development. In 2000 and 2012, Mr. Kirvalidze served two terms as Minister of Agriculture in Georgia. As minister he led efforts in institutional reforms, productivity increase, export growth and attracting significant investment into Georgian agriculture sector and food industry. Prior to serving as Georgia’s Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Kirvalidze was elected as a Member of Parliament and served from 1999-2000, where he was responsible for overseeing government practices and legislation. He also was engaged at CNFA as a Senior Advisor from 2006-2012, working with the President to advise on new business development and strategic planning. With his direct participation CNFA was awarded 8 projects with funding of $95 million.
Mr. Kirvalidze began his career as a lecturer at the Georgian State Agricultural University and Institute of Environmental Protection, Ecology and Agribusiness in Georgia and has subsequently undertaken significant work in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Netherlands, Uzbekistan and the United States. He also has practical experience as a farmer.
Mr. Kirvalidze holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences from Georgian State Agricultural University and Moscow State University and also has a degree in Soil Science and Agro-chemistry from Georgian State Agricultural University in Tbilisi. He is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian.