Ambassador Alexander Lomaia served as Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN from 2009-2013. Before assuming this posting, he was Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia. His government service also includes four years as Minister of Education and Science. Previously, Mr. Lomaia had an extensive career in the non-governmental sector, serving as executive director of Open Society Georgia Foundation, as regional director of the Democracy Coalition Project, and as Georgia country director for the US-based Eurasia Foundation. Mr. Lomaia holds a Ph.D. in hydropower engineering from Moscow Construction Engineering Institute and a master’s degree in engineering from Georgian Technical University.