Chef de Cabinet of the Director General, United Nations
David Chikvaidze has worked for thirty years in the foreign, government and international civil services. He is
currently serving his third Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) as Chef de Cabinet.
He served as Director of the United Nations Library in Geneva and Chairman of the Cultural Activities
Committee of UNOG. Immediately before becoming Chef de Cabinet for the first time in October 2006, he
served the Director-General of UNOG as acting Senior Political Adviser. Prior to that, in 2003-2005, D.
Chikvaidze served as Senior Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chief of the
Communications and NGO Partnerships Section at OHCHR in Geneva, as well as spokesman for the 61 st
session of the Commission on Human Rights, the Human Rights Committee and other Human Rights Treaty
At UN Headquarters in New York and on field missions in 1993-2003, D. Chikvaidze performed a variety of
politically sensitive and complex duties, working at different times in the Executive Office of the Secretary-
General, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Office of the Special Representative of the
Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, the Office of the UN Coordinator of International
Cooperation on Chernobyl, and with the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara.
D. Chikvaidze holds a Ph.D (1984) in political science and is author of occasional articles on international
relations. Vice president of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Forum for International Affairs; vice president
of the Executive Committee of the Geneva Diplomatic Club; Associate Fellow of the World Academy of Art and
Science, member of Rotary International and founding member of the Georgian Association of Switzerland.
Born in Tbilisi in 1958, D. Chikvaidze is a citizen of Georgia. He is married to a medical doctor and has one son and three grandsons.