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A black-and-white headshot of a woman with long, dark straight hair parted in the middle. She wears a tshirt, suit jacket and necklace. Behind her are three graphic circles, one dark blue, one teal and one white.

Maka Tokhishvili

Leaders Europe 2023


Chief Executive Officer, Center for Progress





Maka Tokhishvili is the chief executive officer of the Center for Progress, a non-profit organization that develops education, women’s rights, and environmental policy and reform. Maka led one of Georgia’s largest political youth movements, engaging over 10,000 young people in higher education policy-making for the first time,creating new scholarship opportunities for more than 6,000 students. As a result of her efforts, the government created a new strategy for education funding. She also filed a successful constitutional lawsuit to overturn a ban on political debates in universities, and as a result of her efforts, they are now permitted in Georgian universities. Maka describes herself as a “one-for-all entrepreneur of democracy,” and her personal mission is to be an ambassador of peace and equality for a better world.