Charles Burge, Senior Manager - Technology Integration and Project Management
Charles Burge has more than 20 years of experience in organizational development, business, and project management with a focus on the effective use of information technology (IT), including technology needs assessment; task/project prioritization; strategy development; hardware/software services procurement; and project implementation and acceptance testing. He has a solid history of working with all levels of business and U.S. government entities (federal, state, and local), international donor organizations, financial institutions, and foreign governments. Mr. Burge is a skilled trainer and presenter and has extensive experience in relating technical content and needs to non-technical executive audiences.
Tornike Gotsiridze, PhD, Senior Manager – Renewable Energy
Dr. Gotsiridze has over 20 years of experience working on most aspects of energy (electricity supply, deregulation of electricity system and environmental policy formulation, electricity sector deregulation, institutional development and technology programs in Georgia, Russia and in the Caucasus region. He was a lead expert of the National Scientific-Research Institute of Energy he was actively involved in preparation of the Energy Sector Development Plan for Georgia. He worked for two years as an energy expert of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy and was actively involved in the elaboration of the Electricity and Oil and Gas Laws of Georgia and in the preparation of recommendations for Government for the deregulation and in setting up the first electricity regulatory commission. This commission was the first such body among the former Soviet Union Countries. Dr. Gotsiridze was a monitor for the European Commission’s Monitoring Program in Georgia, where he gained a reputation as a high qualified expert in energy, infrastructure development and environmental protection fields among the EC Project Managers, Contractors, Governmental Institutions (Ministries and Parliaments) of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. His recommendations on various aspects related to the implementation of Energy, Transport and Environmental projects were highly appreciated by the Task Managers in the EC.
Hovhannes Kantuni, Senior Manager - Energy Efficiency / IT
Mr. Kantuni has more than 17 years of progressively responsible professional experience. Mr. Kantuni currently brings to bear his financial / budgeting, engineering and energy knowledge as well as his management ability as chief of party of USAID-funded Commercialization of Energy Efficiency Program in Armenia. Mr. Kantuni is the responsible for socially-oriented energy efficiency projects that are being implemented in hospitals, kindergartens, special schools and other social welfare and health institutions. Mr. Kantuni closely and resourcefully cooperates with beneficiaries, donors and charitable organizations (e.g., UNDP, World Bank, UNICEF, COAF, etc.) active in Armeniaís energy efficiency sector. Mr. Kantuni is an experienced expert in budget development and management. He conducts evaluation of the selective projects considering the projected energy savings, proposed application of new technologies, rate of return on investment, social and other relevant factors.†
Being Chief of Party at AEAI-Armenia Mr. Kantuni provides technical input to deliverables, including financial, monitoring and evaluation plans for each pilot site and final project reports as well as regular liaison with USAID Technical and Contracts Officers and local counterparts (government, donor agencies and others), representing AEAI as a country manager.
Lejla Uzicanin, Senior Manager Energy Community (EU Integration)
Ms. Uzicanin is a senior consultant/advisor with proven ability to implement economic reforms in developing and transition countries. Emphasis is on the energy sector development and facilitation of private sector investments. Strengths include proactive and interactive work style, outstanding strategic thinking resulting in development of manageable short- and long-range goals, and the ability to get things done. Dynamic facilitator with special aptitude to lead and energize cross-cultural project teams in politically and ethnically sensitive environments. She has exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and excellent management skill, coordinating activities among diverse organizations and demonstrated skills at building effective networks of senior level executives and officials to ensure achievement of strategic objectives. She has worked extensively on Energy Community related efforts in Kosovo and Georgia. Ms. Uzicanin was the Energy Policy Advisor, United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and was the Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the High Representative (OHR), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.