Shorena supports the development of WEConnect International’s partnerships and donor-funded initiatives promoting women’s economic empowerment, Supplier Diversity and Inclusion (SD&I) and gender-inclusive sourcing. Working across Project Management, Business Development, Finance, and other teams, Shorena develops project proposals funded by corporate buyers, multilateral and government organizations tailored to various global geographies and sectors. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has over 10 years of experience in development programming and fundraising from donor, multilateral and international development organizations including and not limited to the U.S. Government, the World Bank Group, United Nations entities such as UNDP and UNICEF, European Union, Sida, and GIZ. Prior to joining WEConnect International, she worked for a leading Georgian nonprofit, Global Compact Network Georgia, the Georgian representation of the UN Global Compact.
Shorena is a recipient of multiple fellowships and scholarships, including the John Smith Trust Fellowship in the UK, the Open Society Think Tank Fund Research Fellowship and the U.S. Department of State-funded “Future Leaders Exchange Program” that enabled her to spend her senior year in a U.S. High School. Shorena holds a joint MA in Public Policy from Central European University (Hungary) and the University of York (UK) and a BA in International Relations from Tbilisi State University.