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About Company

Capstone Group LLC (“CG”) is a boutique management consulting firm that renders the following services: Management Consulting, Global Expert Advisory, Advising Investors and Startups. CG renders world-class services at accessible prices and is made up of a diverse team of client focused professionals who can ensure that clients achieve the set goals. CG is incorporated in Georgia and has representative offices in the US and Greece. CG has a wide network of partners that includes leading service firms as well as world class experts from UAE, Greece, the Netherlands, Japan, the US and India delivering cross border service to CG’s clients. CG has experience of working with a range of clients such as large corporations, SMEs, startups, high net worth individuals and investors across a wide range of industries including finance, retail, hospitality, real estate, education and tech.

Our Story

Georgia holds a status of a developing country that is business friendly and offers flexible business environment to international businesses and investors. Having grown up in the 1990’s of post-Soviet Georgia where often he had to do his maths homework by candlelight due to electricity cuts, founding partner Irakli Sarava always dreamt of making it big in a global finance world. With his excellent academic record and brilliant mind, he is one of the very few Georgian professionals who managed to transition from Georgian business scene to the scene of global finance.

Irakli has accumulated 15 plus years’ experience of working in business consultancy field with world leading financial institutions and insurance companies including MetLife alongside leading consultancy firms including Mckinsey & Company. Irakli has a wide-ranging portfolio of managing and implementing strategic projects in 5 continents and more than dozen countries.

With stellar reputation and international experience, in 2017 Irakli realized his lifelong dream of doing a positive deed for his homeland and founded his own consultancy firm, CG with his local and global partners. CG’s ambition is to become a connecting bridge between local businesses in Georgia and international markets. For the first time in Georgian business, CG offers an opportunity to develop Georgia as a country that has a potential for rendering world quality service to local and global clients at accessible prices.

Furthermore, CG aims to facilitate generation of both private and commercial interest towards ecosystem of startups in Georgia. In particular, CG acts as a mediator between potential local and international investors and startups. CG assists Georgian startups at all stages of their journey, from developing ideas initially and creating a viable business model to successfully pitching an idea to potential investors. CG also provides introductions between local and international investors with a view to sharing experience, best practices, and expertise. CG has a successful record of raising finance for startups locally as well as internationally.

Our Team

Irakli sarava
Founder and Global Managing Partner

Irakli leads the Capstone Group’s Organization Practice in Georgia and beyond. In his role, Irakli helps clients in creating transformational strategies, offering improved operational models and more recently delivers advice to local and international startups as well as investors.

Before the Capstone Group, Irakli served as the Director of EMEA Region in Metlife. At Metlife, Irakli was leading Lean Transformation teams in EMEA region and redesign focusing on sales improvement, operational efficiency, process redesign, customer satisfaction ad employee engagement.
Irakli is known for his advanced technical skills and tough negotiation skills where he ensures to achieve the outcome that meets clients’ expectations. With his strategic vision and ability to adapt to ever-changing business needs, Irakli never fails to deliver solutions that fit the needs of his clients. Through his international background and experience of working across various jurisdictions and industries, Irakli has accumulated a significant pool of connections that includes global experts, institutional investors, angel investors as well as start-ups, in Georgia and internationally.

Examples of Irakli’s recent client work include the following:
- Delivering a comprehensive transformation to a top five bank in Georgia, Liberty Bank, rendering management consulting services at top level manamgement of the bank.
- In the scope of a two-year contract, delivering management consulting services to one of the leading insurance firms in Greece.
- Assisting successful UAE based startup in securing fundraising from Georgian investors.
- In the framework of partnership between the Capstone Group and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency, supporting four winners of 500 Startup Accelerator Program Payze, Cardeal.ge, Cargon, Agrolabs.
Irakli is fluent in English, Georgian and Russian. In his free time, Irakli enjoys Off-road driving.

George Pertenava
Co-Founder and Partner of US Office

Dr Pertenava is a New York-based an entrepreneur with 12 years of experience in a wide variety of businesses, starting from education and child care to business consulting and manufacturing of environmentally friendly products.

Gia Gelashvili
Partner

Experienced Chief Executive Officer of financial service companies, such as Standard Bank. Skilled in Management, Leadership, Risk Management, Finance, HR and Strategy. A strong business development professional.

Nina Shengelia
Partner

Nina is a UK qualified lawyer with LLB degree from King’s College London and LLM degree from BPP University that was financed by a top London based law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. Nina has a 10 year plus experience of working for leading

private as well as public sector organizations in Georgia and London. In particular, Nina has experience of working in leading law firms such as Herbert Smith Freehills and Stephenson Harwood in London as well in Partnership Fund, Georgia. Throughout her career as a lawyer, Nina has been involved in high profile corporate transactions for international clients that includes Société Generale, BNP Paribas, Shell Global, Carrizo Oil & Gas and ENRC. Nina has advised clients across various industries including Oil & Gas, Real Estate & Infrastructure, Hospitality, Finance and Technology. In addition to her legal background, Nina has is a successful project manager and an international relations expert. She has experience of managing local and international projects successfully, namely in her role at the Communications Commission of Georgia. In addition, Nina is a PHD candidate and a researcher of social media law. She has recently acquired a research scholarship from DAAD and in this regard she was a visiting researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet und Society in Berlin, Germany. Nina is a lecturer of law at Tbilisi State University and author of a number of scientific publications on social media law. Nina is fluent in English, Georgian and Russian.
Publications
Shengelia, N. (2020). Constitutionalizing Role of Terms of Service of Social Media Platforms and Proposed Social Media User Bills of Rights, International Journal of Innovative Technologies in Social Science. Available at: https://doi.org/10.31435/rsglobal_ijitss/30122020/7292 (Accessed: 3 January 2021).

Shengelia, N. (2018). ‘Legal Normative Regulations of Social Media’, Abstracts, the Sixth International Conference for Bacherlor’s Master’s and PHD Students of Caucasus International University, p.151.

Shengelia, N. (2020). ‘Contemporary Challenges of Social Media and Digital Constitutionalism’, Media Lab, 3 August. Available at: https://medialab.ge/en/news/sotsialuri-mediis-tanamedrove-gamotsvevebi-da-tsipruli-konstitutsionaliz-1 (Accessed: 20 October 2020).

Nina Mebonia
Senior Associate

Nino is a qualified economist with a degree in International Economics, Management and Finance from Bocconi University in Italy. Nino has accumulated up to 10 years’ experience of working in both private and public sectors in Georgia.

In addition to her extensive experience as a lean management consultant at Kaizen Institute, Nino is equipped with advanced analytical skills and ability for developing client focused solutions to the challenges encountered. Nino has led successful transformative projects for clients from across a range of industries such as food & beverage, wholesale & retail distribution and construction & engineering. Nino’s stellar reputation, team playing abilities and top tier advisory capabilities make her one of the most valuable members of the Capstone family. Nino is fluent in English, Georgian and Russian.
Nino Gabelaia
Project Manager

Nino has 14 years of experience in the corporate/SME sales and project management. Nino has experience in advising on all aspects of a company’s commercial strategy.

Nino is a fully qualified project manager with a portfolio of managing multiple projects simultaneously across various industries including banking and finance, agriculture, hospitality and tourism. Nino is an expert in market analysis, forecasting and needs client assessment. Nino is resourceful and well-organized with excellent leadership and team-building record. Nino is fluent in English, Georgian and Russian.

Values

We feel engaged with our clients and motivated to collaborate and perform.

We strive to perform at the highest levels in a high engagement environment.

We value diversity and inclusion, as well as leadership and personal development. We recognize the need to invest consistently in our people.

At Capstone Group, we believe in contributing back to our society. We believe in corporate social responsibility and doing good for our society.  We are always one step ahead of our competition and guide our clients through turbulent times and changes.