Tamar Lebanidze – ECLOF Vice-Chair – is also Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of JSC Constanta, a leading microfinance institution in Georgia. She is the Executive Director of the Association of Georgian Microfinance Organizations. Ms Lebanidze was the Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia and a Member of the Georgian Government from February 2004 until February 2005. She has been the Executive Director of Constanta Foundation from its beginnings in 1997 and has contributed greatly to the development of microfinance in Georgia. Ms Lebanidze has worked for 12 years as a scientist at the Institute of Physiology of the Georgian Academy of Science and 2 years as a professor at the Tbilisi State University. She is the author of several publications both in physiology and microfinance. Ms Lebanidze holds a Master of Science degree in Biology from the Tbilisi State University and a graduate diploma from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking (American Banker’s Association) at the University of Pennsylvania.