Shalva Tsiskarashvili has been serving as Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations Office at Geneva since June 2012. Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Tsiskarashvili had been serving as Deputy Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations in New York since October 2009. He also served at the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations from 2005 until February 2009, first as First Secretary and then as Counselor. A career diplomat, Mr. Tsiskarasvili joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in 1998 as Third Secretary at the International Law Department, a post he held until 2000. He was Second Secretary at the International Law Department from 2000 to 2004. From February to October 2009, he was the Deputy Director of the Department of International Organizations at the Ministry.