Members of the International Book Selection Committee:
These individuals select the books that Radarami translates into Georgian.
Susan Smith (Chair) has served in a variety of roles in international development, most recently as Advisor to the U.S. Executive Director on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. She holds an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, where she focused on energy policy and economics, and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in English literature and Russian/East European Studies. Prior to joining the EBRD, Susan spent a year in Tbilisi on a Fulbright fellowship where she explored issues related to ethnic minority integration. Her experience also includes a background in democracy and governance from her time working on the Caucasus and Central Asia portfolios at the International Foundation for Election Systems and from serving as a short-term election observer for the OSCE.
Mark Mullen is involved in a number of businesses and non-profits particularly in Georgia, including GeoCapital, Betsy's Hotel, Orbeliani, and Radarami. He did a Sloan fellowship at London Business School in 2006 and 2007. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1989 with a degree in Intellectual History, this Texas native lived in Tokyo, Eastern Europe and Washington D.C., he moved to Malawi where he worked in drought relief and voter education between 1992 and 1993. He then moved to Palestine where he set up a civics education program, before moving to Albania and, finally, Tbilisi, Georgia in 1997. He was the director of the National Democratic Institute in Georgia until Shevardnadze resigned and then started the Georgia chapter of Transparency International. He was a long time resident of Mtatsminda in the city center and now lives in San Francisco. He has a life long interest in new ideas and how they can be communicated and explored across society.
Natalia Antelava is a long time BBC Correspondent. Most recently based in Beirut for several years, she covered the Stans from Tashkent and filed her first BBC story from Dakar, Senegal on a year abroad during University. Originally from Tbilisi, she also was a BBC producer in Washington, D.C. and has extensively covered the Caucasus.
Stefan Apfl has been working as a staff writer for the Austrian weekly Falter since 2007, where he reports on issues related to immigration, Islam, European integration and covers South Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey. Since 2008, Apfl has also been managing editor of the paper’s non-fiction book review section. Before joining Falter, Apfl worked as an analyst for the European Stability Initiative (ESI), a think thank, in Berlin and Istanbul. Apfl’s articles have appeared in numerous international publications, including the German Die Zeit, Turkish Policy Quarterly and Courrier international. Apfl was awarded the European Union’s European Journalism Prize for Diversity in 2008 and won the Austrian Leopold Ungar Prize for Social Reporting in 2010. Apfl has a Master’s degree in Journalism and Media Management (with honors) from the University for Applied Sciences in Vienna.
Gonzalo Fanjul Suárez
Gonzalo Fanjul Suárez is the Head of Research for Intermón Oxfam in Spain. He is an Economist with Postgraduate studies in International Cooperation and Development. In 1994 he joined the Campaigns and Policy department of Intermón Oxfam, one of the largest NGOs in Spain and one of the largest members of Oxfam International. For two years (1996-97) he ran the Projects Department of CCAIJO (rural development organization in Cuzco, Perú). Since 1998 Gonzalo has been the Head of Research at Intermón Oxfam, focusing mostly on global economic justice issues. Gonzalo is one of the key trade specialists in Oxfam International and has played a particularly strong role on agriculture, exposing the reality behind CAP reform in Spain. He was part of the Oxfam International team which developed the arguments and proposals of the Make Trade Fair campaign, which has been implemented in more than 40 countries since April 2002. As the policy lead for this campaign, he has participated in all WTO Ministerial Conferences since Seattle (as well as in numerous round tables and conferences related to the trade negotiations,) as a lobbyist and media spokesman. His publications include four annual reports of La Realidad de la Ayuda (The Reality of Aid) as well as different papers and documents related to the issue of trade and development with a particular focus on agriculture.
Hans Gutbrod holds a Ph.D. and a B.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Originally from Germany, he is the author of a Handbook for Professional Communication, which has been published in Georgia, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Armenia and is currently being translated in other countries. His primary research interests are notions of judgment/ evaluation across various disciplines, and within a transition context. Prior to becoming the Regional Director of Caucuses Regional Resources Center in 2006, Hans worked in the Caucasus region for several years. He has taught at Tbilisi State University and trained lecturers and higher education staff on methods. His experience includes helping to set up a Liberal Arts college in Berlin, working as a Long Term Election observer for OSCE, as well as teaching and training in various other institutions and organizations.
Thomas Legge is Senior Program Officer for Climate & Energy, based out of the German Marshall Fund’s EU office in Brussels, Belgium. He contributes to GMF’s work on the international climate negotiations as well as domestic EU and U.S. climate and energy policy, including the competitiveness impacts of a carbon emissions trading system and long-term strategies for low-carbon energy systems. He previously worked on environmental policy for Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London; the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium; and Comhar – Sustainable Development Council, an advisory body to the Irish Government. He also spent three years in the Republic of Georgia working for the European Commission. Thomas holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, New York; an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics; and a B.A. in History and English from Trinity College, Dublin.
James Traub writes the weekly column, “Terms of Engagement,” for foreignpolicy.com. He has written extensively about international affairs as well as national politics, urban affairs and education, in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and elsewhere. In recent years, he has reported from, among other places, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Georgia, Kosovo and Haiti. His most recent book is The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not The Way George Bush Did). In 2006 he published The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and The UN in The Era of American World Power. He is currently writing a biography of John Quincy Adams. He teaches a class on American foreign policy as part of New York University's Sheikh Mohammad Scholarship Program in Abu Dhabi. He is a senior fellow of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, a fellow of the Center on International Cooperation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He speaks widely on international affairs He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and taught at the Maulana Azad College in Aurangabad, India.
Kathryn Schulz is an American journalist and author, and the book critic for New York magazine. Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and The Boston Globe. Kathryn Schulz is the author of the well-known book Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. She is the former editor of the online environmental magazine Grist, and a former reporter and editor for the Santiago Times in Chile, where she covered environmental, labor, and human rights issues. As an international journalist, she has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan, and, most recently, the Middle East. In 2004, she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now known as the International Reporting Project Fellowships).
Ama Wertz is the Store Manager for Book Passage in San Francisco. She has been a bookseller for nearly ten years. Ama worked in radio journalism as a Fulbright Scholar to Germany in 2006 and has since dabbled extensively in the world of translation.
Clive Priddle was, until May 2003, publishing director and vice president of Fourth Estate, a division of HarperCollins and is now the Editorial Director and Vice President of PublicAffairs. The authors he has edited include Linda Robinson, Natan Sharansky, Kishore Mahbubani, John Kerry, David Rothkopf, Richard Haass, and Muhammad Yunus. He had worked for Fourth Estate in the UK since 1992, where among the authors he acquired were Sebastian Junger, Laura Hillenbrand, David Ewing Duncan, James Naughtie, Francis Wheen, Geraldine Brooks, Oliver Morton, Eric Larson, and Michela Wrong. He previously worked for four years at Penguin UK. He won the Tony Godwin award in 2001. Born in London, a graduate of Cambridge University, Clive lives with his wife and two sons in northern Manhattan.
David Lea has been a bookseller for 20 years, most recently as deputy manager of the London Review Bookshop in Bloomsbury.