Ia Shekriladze is a deputy chairperson (formerly director from 04/2015 – 05/2016), co-founder and board member of Georgian Association of Social Workers. She has a graduate degree in Psychology, and Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in the city of New York. She is a USA (State of California) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Currently she is working on her doctoral thesis on acculturation and eating disorders. She has am extensive experience of working with multiple international and local organizations, including over 10 years in Georgia (Save the Children, EveryChild, UMCOR, World Bank) and over 8 years in the United States (Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services, Los Angeles, CA; Kidsave International, Los Angeles, CA; Federation for Employment and Guidance Services, New York, NY; Gladney Center for Adoption, New York, NY), as a practitioner, researcher, clinician, adviser, regional coordinator and manager. She also is an adjunct professor at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Ilia State University and is involved in teaching Social Work internationally.