Getting hold of Sulkhan Zumburidze is not the easiest task. The man with the sincere smile and vibrant voice is more than busy. Georgia has decided to modernize and reform its electrical grid that – due to its infamous instability – is still a sharp reminder of the Soviet Union. When the former communist superpower collapsed in 1991 it brought Georgia the political independence the people were longing for – but also tons of challenges.
Zumburidze, who has been running Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE) since 2008 as the Chairman of the Managing Board, is a man shaped by this independence: a cultural patriot with excellent qualifications gained in England and Germany, boasting a strong will to help his country get on track to become a potent modern state. Born in 1976, he still experienced the Soviet school system. But his adult years were formed by a sovereign Georgia seeking to find its place in the word of democratic states, overcoming the troublesome nineties, and rocking through a time of political hope, backlashes and a dynamic current toward serious modernization in the past fourteen years.