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Mass Communications specialist, Trainer/Teacher Honorary Citizen of San Diego, CA Order of the Pegasus Nominee Phone #: 599 25 32 26 E-mail: nsirabidze@gmail.com   PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Sports (09/2015 – at present) Adjara Autonomous Republic - Batumi, Georgia Initiate new and support implementation of the planned projects in education and culture   MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS Head of the Press and PR Department (11/2012-08/2015) Adjara AR Government – Batumi, Georgia Plan and maintain effective media and public relations.   Press Secretary (01/2010-11/2012) Constitutional Court of Georgia – Batumi, Georgia Maintain effective media and public relations. Write project proposals and negotiate with donor organizations.   Public Relations manager (01/2012-at present) Foundation Paraleli – Batumi, Georgia Provide publicity of the activities planned within the program “Batumi Lawyers for Human Rights”, produce documentary films and informational videos.   Public Relations Manager (intern) (06/2009-08/2009) Phil Townes Law Firm – Orlando, Florida Research market, analyze and write PR project proposal using web promotion   Press Secretary (07/2007-08/2008) Constitutional Court of Georgia – Batumi, Georgia Organize press conferences, public hearings. Prepare pres-releases, review electronic of print media, prepare materials and upload them on the official web page of the Constitutional Court of Georgia.   Batumi Coordinator of courses in PR and Media Management (07/2007-09/2007) Georgian Institute of Public Affairs – Tbilisi, Georgia Promote and manage the course; create the conception of the course and choose the trainers.   TEACHING Teacher (01/2013-at present) Batumi State University – Batumi, Georgia Prepare and teach Risk Management, Social Marketing classes.   Trainer (01/2014 – at present) Training PR staff of Georgian regions, CAPS grant, IREX  Train PR staff of Georgian regions in PR, Media Relations, Project Management, Web Design and Social Networks.   Teacher (09/2010-06/2013) Caucasus School of Tourism, Caucasus University – Batumi, Georgia Prepare and teach Business English BA classes. Trainer (04//2010-10/2010) Adjara AR Government, CAPS grant, IREX – Batumi, Georgia Train Adjara AR Ministries’ staff in PR, Media Relations, Project Management, Web Design and Using Social Networks.   Teaching Assistant (01/2009-12/2009) Nicholson School of Communication, UCF – Orlando, Florida Teach laboratory sections of the course SPC1600; Instruct students on giving speeches. Grade assignments and evaluate speeches. Assist instructors and grade assignments for COM 1000 and RTV classes.   Lecturer (09/2005-08/2008) Batumi State University – Batumi, Georgia Prepare and teach the courses in Public Relations, Marketing, Radio Broadcasting and Media Management.   FREELANCE INTERPRETER (English-Georgian) Interpreter (2010 – at present) Provide consecutive translation service for public lectures and trainings for US Embassy in Tbilisi;  Georgian Institute of Public Affairs; IREX; TOL; UNDP.   JOURNALISM Freelance producer (03/2010-at present) Batumi, Georgia Produce Documentary films, TV commercials and video spots.   Head of the Radio “Chven” (04/2007-08/2008) Batumi State University – Batumi, Georgia Produce and air the radio programs. Coordinate the students in collecting and editing radio programs.   Reporter (02/2006-07/2007) Georgian Public Broadcasting –Tbilisi, Georgia Coordinate the shooting crew to prepare the TV materials for the news programs. Collect information, record interviews and air on GPB national TV channel. Produce TV stories, make live reports. Author of documentary TV programs “America Today” (08/2006-02/2007) Adjara TV and Radio Broadcasting – Batumi, Georgia Plan and prepare materials for the programs about life in the USA. Produce and edit the materials for the program. Report on the audience feedback on the programs to the US Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia.   Office Manager of the Adjara branch of the Radio (03/2005-01/2006) Radio “Green Wave” – Tbilisi, Georgia Coordinate the journalists to prepare the Radio programs; Write the projects for developing the branch; Searched for the advertisers and sponsors.   Author and producer of the educational TV program “Debates” (06/2006-03/2005) Adjara TV and Radio Broadcasting – Batumi, Georgia Organize the TV show. Coordinate participants’ preparation for the show. Produce and edit the programs to be aired.   Deputy Director (03/2005-06/2005) Adjara TV and Radio Broadcasting – Batumi, Georgia Coordinate the Departments and staff to create high quality TV and Radio programs. Organize the competitions of the new projects. Recruit and interview new employees.   Reporter (Intern) (12/2004-12/2004) Public Broadcasting “France 3” – Lyon, France Observe French journalists preparing the news. Assist the journalists in producing TV stories.   Reporter (10/2001-12/2004) Newspaper “Batumelebi” – Batumi, Georgia Prepare, report and edit materials to be published.   VOLUNTEER WORK Founder of the Foundation, Producer of the charitable TV program “Paraleli” (01/06-07/06) Charitable Foundation “Paraleli” – Batumi, Georgia Raise funds for poor families with more than three children. Negotiate with business and non-profit organizations. Organize charity marathons/concerts.   Newsletter editor (09/2009) International Services Center, UCF – Orlando, FL Prepare and write stories/profiles for the newspaper and build-up the design.   EDUCATION PhD student of Business Administration (2013 - at present) Batumi State University   MA Degree in Mass Communication (12/2009) Nicholson School of Communication, UCF – Orlando, Florida, USA Edmund Muskie Fellow GPA: 3.909   MA Degree in Journalism and Media Management (11/2004) Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs – Tbilisi, Georgia   Bachelor of Journalism and English Language (10/1998-06/2002) Batumi State University – Batumi, Georgia Journalism Department, Honor Degree, Memed Abashidze Stipend ant    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACHIEVEMENTS Certifiate, “Getting the stories right: Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health” 09/2015, Colombo, Shri Lanka, Nuffic Fellowship   Certificate, “Data-based Journalism,” Americas Knight Center, 09/2013, Online course   Certificate, “Refresher course for trainers”, Nuffic Fellowship Provided by Radio Netherlands Training Centre, Paro, Bhutan, September/2011, Nuffic Fellowship   Certificate, “Training the Trainers”, Nuffic Fellowship Provided by Radio Netherlands Training Centre, Hilversum, Netherlands, May/2008, Nuffic Fellowship   Certificate, Study Visit in the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France, June/2008   Certificate, Course in Curriculum Development,                          Central European University, CRC, Budapest, Hungary, 2008   Certificate for Honorary Citizen of San Diego, California Provided by Mayor’s Office of San Diego, California, 2006   Grant of TV CO-OP program Provided by US Department of State, USA, 2006   Certificate, Reporting on Media Diversity Provided by the BBC World Service Trust, Batumi, Georgia, 2006   Journalists and Media Managers Workshop – Warsaw, Poland 2005 Participant in workshop of “Independent Media 6”, provided by the fund of Polska-Checko-Slovatski.     PUBLICATIONS Key to Success: Handbook of public speaking Grant provided by US Embassy in Tbilisi, September, 2012. ISBN: 9789941048050   Agenda Setting in Georgia: how important is education to the public Batumi State University Journal, 2014   Young People and Online Television (conference paper) Memphis, TN; April, 2010 The 80th Annual Convention of the Southern States Communication Association & 15th Annual Theodore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference.   Blogging and Web Influence on Developing Countries Batumi, Georgia; November 2008 Social science inquiries I, Faculty of social science, business and law; Batumi State University   Jahoba Witnesses and their convincing techniques (conference paper) Batumi, Georgia, 2001 Conference work in History of the Religion   COMPUTER SKILLS  Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, PageMaker, Sound Forge, Cool Edit Pro, Dream Weaver, Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro.   LANGUAGES Georgian (native), English (fluent), Russian (fluent), French (elementary).