Nicolas Schmit
State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues

Konstantine Surguladze was born on July 14, 1971 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

He attended first experimental school of Tbilisi. In 1990 he entered the Institute of International Relations of the Kiev State University. In 1991 he continued studying at the faculty of international law and international relations at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and received a degree in international law.

In 1996 he attended Human Rights Law and Practice Program at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and later in 1997 the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.

Earlier in his career, in 1996 Mr. Konstantine Surguladze served as a third secretary of the International Law Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. In 1998 he became the third secretary of the Consular Department at the Ministry.

In 2001 he was appointed as the Consul of the Embassy of Georgia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

After serving four years, Mr. Surguladze joined Georgian International Oil Corporation.

Later, in 2006 he became the General Director of Chevron-Texaco Representation to Georgia.

In 2007 Mr. Surguladze left private sector and returned to diplomatic service as the Director of the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, where he served till 2008.

In 2009 he joined ‘’Free Democrats’’ political party and became a member of the executive board and was appointed as the Head of the Regional Department; From 2010 to 2011 -the Head of the Administration.

Prior to being appointed as the State Minister, in 2012 he was the Head of the Migration and Diaspora Department at the political coalition ,,Georgian Dream’’.

On October 25, 2012, after the parliamentary elections, Mr. Konstantine Surguladze was appointed as the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues.

Married, with four children.

He speaks Russian and English languages.