First Deputy Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Katarzyna Gardapkhadze has been the First Deputy Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) since 2016. Before that, she served as the Head of ODIHR’s Human Rights Department and held other program management functions in the Office. In recognition of her leadership and dedication while working for ODIHR, in 2019 she received the Ambassador for Liberty and Peace International Award of Excellence.
Katarzyna has 25 years of experience in public services, international non-profits and multilateral organizations in Europe, North America, South Caucasus and Central Asia. Before joining the OSCE, she was a director of Save the Children child welfare programs, based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Earlier, she contributed her expertise to various initiatives, from the Eurasia Foundation’s South Caucasus media support program and Georgia youth peace project, to community strengthening work by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo.
Educated in social sciences, Katarzyna is a leadership, strategic management and organizational development expert. A graduate of Stanford Leadership Academy for Development, and a certified trainer (Institute for Leadership & Management), she is strongly committed to responsible leadership rooted in ethical values, centered around human potential and driven by sustainable social impact.