Irakli Beridze

Irakli Beridze, Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, United Nations – Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

More than 15 years of experience in leading negotiations, developing stakeholder engagement programmes and channels of communication with governments, UN agencies, International Organizations, think tanks, civil society, foundations, academia, private industry and other partners on an international level. Additional experience includes extensive missions in politically sensitive areas around the globe, initiation of new projects, and extensive training in diplomacy, law, and counter- terrorism.

Joined UNICRI in 2013, with major policy planning tasks related to the core functions of the CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Programme, as well as formulating political and fund-rising strategies. Organised high-level meetings at the UN General Assembly and other international forums.

Starting from early 2015 Initiated and heading the first UN programme on security implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Robotics.

Prior to joining the United Nations, served as a Special Projects Officer at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) 2000-2013.

He is a member of the various international task forces, including: United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), UN working group on Preventing & Responding to WMD Terrorist Attacks, and founding member of the United Nations Group of Friend on CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance. He represents UNICRI at G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction.

In addition, he is invited to teach at number of universities the subjects related to international security, CBRN risk mitigation, emerging technologies and international frameworks on security implications of artificial intelligence and autonomous robotics.