Our Team

Our team got together in Georgia, Europe, in 2017 to create a local platform Charte.ge to raise funds for underprivileged rural high school students and equip them with Internet access, laptops, and educational resources and support. Coming from a post-Soviet, developing country, we had first-hand knowledge of the potential impact of introducing youth to the Internet. Our mission resonated with a lot of local donors and the platform rapidly grew. So we decided to get together once again and build an international fundraising platform. 

Team

George Jibladze

George Jibladze

CEO

George left the Broadband industry after 10 years of service and since then has been working on providing world-class education to students in need. He's a Khan Academy advocate, his organization, Educare Georgia, having localized thousands of videos and reading materials into Georgian. As a perpetual self-learner, he believes that "the Internet is a space for growth, inquiry and passion. Our physical location no longer has to be an obstacle."

Rusudan Djakeli

Rusudan Djakeli

Co-founder

Rusudan has a background in education. As a Khan Academy Advocate, leading the localization of the platform into Georgian, she has always been preoccupied by the issue of equity in education and professional development. Through her research, she even discovered that students had unequal chances of enrolment into university based on which neighbourhood they lived in. "Sponsoring Internet access is the most efficient way for us to ensure equal opportunities."

Maia Mchedlishvili

Maia Mchedlishvili

Back-end developer

Maia is a stickler for detail which comes in very handy when your website deals with a massive amount of sensitive information. GiveInternet was one of her first web developer positions and the project allows her to learn and grow every day. She finds it hard to "think of another project that deals with the issue of education equality so efficiently and transparently."

Shalva Bukia

Shalva Bukia

Product designer

Shalva has decades of experience and is one of the most in-demand designers in his country which is "entirely thanks to the Internet - I taught myself everything from design to coding online". Shalva fully believes in the potential of the platform he designed. He hopes to give back the opportunities he was lucky enough to have in post-Soviet Georgia.

Toka Gelashvili

Toka Gelashvili

CTO

Toka runs a leading development shop. Always busy like a bee, he can't help but join nonprofit projects that have a positive impact on his community. GiveInternet is one of his favorite innitiatives. "In the 90s, I discovered the Internet and it changed my life forever. I want to give them the same chance to find their potential."

Irma Gachechiladze

Irma Gachechiladze

Content creator

Irma is the person behind the camera and the author of most of our amazing footage. She gets to meet and interview our students every month and has first-hand knowledge of their needs and their potential. Visiting some of the most underserved families leaves her both heartbroken and motivated to change the status quo. We hope this is reflected in her work.

Elene Gachechiladze

Elene Gachechiladze

Partnership Lead

If you've ever been contacted by GiveInternet, it's most likely Elene reaching out, asking to schedule a call. She's the one researching our possible partners and collaborators, communicating with them and making sure we have all the necessary information and documentation in order. As an educator herself, she personally sees the immense value internet brings to students, teachers and anyone trying to grow their competence or simply keep up with the ever-developing universe!

Board

Giorgi Jibladze

Giorgi Jibladze

CEO

George left the Broadband industry after 10 years of service and since then has been working on providing world-class education to students in need. He's a Khan Academy advocate, his organization, Educare Georgia, having localized thousands of videos and reading materials into Georgian. As a perpetual self-learner, he believes that "the Internet is a space for growth, inquiry and passion. Our physical location no longer has to be an obstacle."

Rebecca Weicht

Rebecca Weicht

Board Member

Rebecca has dedicated her academic and professional years to the promotion of decent work and a quality education working on social policy, and entrepreneurial and creative learning. Now a member of the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity at Manchester Metropolitan University and an Associate Lecturer at MMU, Rebecca co-founded Bantani Education and has worked with international organisations such as the European Commission and various national and regional governments. "It is paramount that we do all we can to provide the internet to learners everywhere to allow them access to the many chances to quench their curiosity and inquisitiveness."

Maia Surmava

Maia Surmava

Board Member

"What's unique about this platform is that you can put a face to your contribution and see the result." Maia kicked off her career as a developer in South Africa more than 20 years ago. Today she is the CEO at Vitality US. "You can become a fully functioning professional just by having Internet access. The Internet empowers youngsters to become productive in their society."

Freelancers

Khatia Apkhaidze

Khatia Apkhaidze

UI designer

Khatia helped create the current design of our website. "The internet is a great source for my professional development. Helps me keep up with the news on a daily basis, work from anywhere and keep in touch with friends. It is a space to find inspiration, discover new opportunities, and learn more about the world."

Thornike Jangveladze

Thornike Jangveladze

Front-end developer

Thornike brought our first pages online. As someone who has greatly benefited from online resources, he is an eternal advocate for bridging the digital divide. "Today, the most important thing to have is access to data. The Internet is just as crucial as food and water. So we have to create an environment where every child has access to it. GiveInternet makes this mission so much easier."

Georgian Team

Mariam Mchedlishvili

Mariam Mchedlishvili

Operations Manager

Mariam has been working in the field of education since 2017. She collects information about underprivileged high school students who do not have access to the Internet and laptops. For identification, she visits all the families and gives the resources to the students. Mariam works on finding learning resources for students and organizing informative and educational meetings for them. She conducts training courses in financial literacy and online education.

Razmik Badalyan

Razmik Badalyan

Education Field Expert

Razmik has masters in Educational Psychology and Research, as well as years of experience in the ed-tech field. Currently, he works at Georgian Khan Academy, managing localization and implementation processes. With his latest project, “Why English”, he is helping to bring down language barriers. His fresh perspective is extremely valuable for the rest of the GiveInternet team.

Nino Charkviani

Nino Charkviani

Communications Manager

Nino is responsible for communicating with our donors in Georgia. Also, she interviews beneficiary students and describes their success and the impact of the Internet on their life. She believes that giving Internet access is the best way to give diverse opportunities to students in need.

Why Do We Do It?

Coming from a post-Soviet, developing country, we had first-hand knowledge of the potential impact of introducing youth to the Internet.

We started in 2017

Our team got together in Georgia, Europe, in 2017 to create a local platform - Charte.ge - to raise funds for underprivileged rural high school students and equip them with Internet access, laptops and educational resources and support. Our mission resonated with a lot of locals and the platform triumphed. So we decided to get together once again and build an international fundraising platform. 

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Our Projects

We currently work in: Bangladesh Uganda Georgia Uganda
Giving Internet to Farjana and MD in Bangladesh

Giving Internet to Farjana and MD in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Bangladesh

MD and Farjana were rescued from the streets of Bangladesh, and have been growing up in the peace home ever since.

2 students connected

Giving Internet to students in rural Georgia

Giving Internet to students in rural Georgia

Georgia Georgia

We're bringing Internet access and laptops to high school students from the most underserved families in Georgia, mostly living in IDP settlements, borderline settlements and rural areas. 

2467 students connected

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