Sophiko Katsarava was awarded an Honorary MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to UK-Georgian relations, especially for her services to UK Georgia Academic relations. She is the second ever Georgian recipient of a British honorary award.
British Ambassador Justin McKenzie Smith will present the award to Ms Sophiko Katsarava at the British Embassy on 3 November at 18:00.
The award is in recognition of Sophiko’s work to develop UK Georgia bilateral relations at all levels during her 11 years of service at the British Embassy Tbilisi. Her achievements include her work in ensuring the Chevening Scholarship scheme in Georgia is one of the UK’s flagship programmes and creation of an effective alumni network. It is also in recognition of the work she has done to develop UK-Georgian policy exchanges through active participation in the Wilton Park conference series.
Speaking about the award, the British Ambassador to Georgia Justin McKenzie Smith said:
“I am delighted to be able to present Sophiko with this award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. It is people like Sophiko who lay foundations for friendships between countries. Sophiko is a real role model of hard work, dedication and loyalty to both Georgia and the UK”.
Sophiko Katsarava worked at the British Embassy Tbilisi between 2005 – 2016. In October 2016 she was elected as the Member of the Parliament of Georgia.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) The MBEs are awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community.