Vladimer "Lado" Gurgenidze is a Georgian career banker, business executive, and the former politician, who was the sixth Prime Minister of Georgia, from 22 November 2007 to 1 November 2008.
14 Facts About Lado Gurgenidze
Lado Gurgenidze received an MBA degree from Goizueta Business School of Emory University in 1993, following undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and Tbilisi State University.
Lado Gurgenidze returned to his native Georgia following the Rose Revolution and spearheaded, as Executive Chairman and CEO, the turnaround of Bank of Georgia.
Lado Gurgenidze served as the member of the Supervisory Board of the Georgian Stock Exchange from 2004 until 2007.
In 2006 Lado Gurgenidze hosted the licensed Georgian version of The Apprentice TV show.
In November 2007 Lado Gurgenidze was appointed as the Prime Minister of Georgia and served a one-year term until October 2008.
Lado Gurgenidze has instigated changes to the Georgian financial services sector and improved the law of Georgia on industrial zones.
Lado Gurgenidze obtained US$750 million stand-by loan facility from International Monetary Fund and brought into country US$4.5 billion donor aid.
In October 2008 Lado Gurgenidze was awarded the Victory Order of St George.
Since he stepped down as Prime Minister of Georgia, Lado Gurgenidze has been a frequent speaker on issues of economic liberty and free-market reforms at various forums and conferences and advised several developing countries in Africa on free-market reforms.
In September 2009, based on the decision of President and the government of Rwanda, Lado Gurgenidze was appointed as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the largest bank in Rwanda, Bank of Kigali.
In September 2009, Lado Gurgenidze established, together with Dinu Patriciu, Liberty Investments, an investment company focusing on financial services institutions in frontier markets with low corruption, low taxes and open economies.
On 26 May 2010, Lado Gurgenidze was awarded the Presidential Order of Excellence for leading the country's government during an armed conflict with Russia and introducing innovations to the Georgian business.
In 2017, Lado Gurgenidze joined the 4finance, one of Europe's largest online and mobile consumer lending groups, as the chairman of the supervisory board.