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All GOLDEN BRIDGE's personnel are committed to the ideals of international exchange and friendship. We want to be as diverse as the world around us and welcome applications from anyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, faith or disability.  

At GOLDEN BRIDGE, we never lose sight of the fact that OUR PEOPLE are instrumental to our success. We’re proud that OUR PEOPLE are as exciting and diverse as our product offerings and job roles, as it’s our people that make us the company we are today.

We operate an open-door policy - our students and clients can approach us at any time and we will point them in the right direction. 

GOLDEN BRIDGE team consists of professional and internationally-qualified education counselors and program coordinators, language instructors, trainers, and visa consultants who are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure that our clients get the most valuable and outstanding services. We use our wide experience and expertise to provide our students with the best of our services through free presentation, free one to one counseling regarding overseas education, admission guidance, accommodation options, free visa assistance services, free interview preparation, and finally we also run a free unique pre-departure orientation program for our students and monitoring their learning process!

We are committed to providing high quality, personalised teaching that helps all our students reach their learning goals. We treat all our students as individuals and offer a friendly, stimulating, supportive and inclusive environment to help you at every stage of your learning. 

ValerianMarkarovPhotoValerian Markarov, the President of the GOLDEN BRIDGE Center. He also serves as Managing Director of the GOLDEN BRIDGE in developing and implementing the company's policies, in formulating new initiatives and long-term strategies, and in developing and overseeing of budgets. Valerian is deeply committed to international education and training and is available to Education providers that share his desire to develop and promote outstanding education programs and support services for students. Due to his extensive  experience, Valerian believes that the pursuit of uncompromising quality and excellence in service standards is the basis of long-term success for learners, students, and educational organisations. Valerian Markarov is the BRITISH COUNCIL Certified Education Advisor and ICEF Certified Education Counsellor. A magna cum laude graduate of Tbilisi State Pedagogical University, he earned an M.A. in World History and practiced as a High School Teacher. Later he became International Doctor of Philosophy (Belgium); Honorary Professor of the European University (Hannover, Germany), Honorary Professor of International Center of Modern Education (Prague, Czech Republic).  For his dedicated services to overseas education and for strengthening international youth relations Dr. Markarov has been a recipient of various international awards such as the World Order of "Science, Education, Culture" (Brussels, Belgium), The Order of Makarenko and the Leonardo da Vinci Medal (Germany). He is an Honorary Citizen of the City of Davis, (California, USA) and Alumnus of the Exchange Training Programs funded by the Governments of the USA (at California State University-Sacramento), Israel (at MASHAV Training Center) and Italy (at Turin Training Center of the International Labor Organization). He says: Nelson Mandela once said “EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD”. This is a very meaningful quote of which I believe in! Being a very strong believer in Education, I am proud to be a person to guide students through this pathway. Education is the only thing a human being can have that no one in the world can take away! Education is knowledge and knowledge to me means authority, strength and ability! With a bit of will power and luck, education will open the pathway to your professional life". 

In addition to being involved in the education sphere,  Valerian is also a remarkable writer, author of contemporary novels which have received praise and starred reviews in media, becoming the new discovery for creative writing lovers in many countries. He has garnered much acclaim for his swashbuckling historical novels about the great artists Leonardo da Vinci and Niko Pirosmani. Valerian has been elected as an Honorary member of the International Academy of Literature and Arts – Germany. The distinction of Honorary Membership is usually reserved for academics who have made a significant international contribution to the literary community. He is a member of the Writers' Union, the Founder of PARNASSUS International Union of Creative Writers (Georgia), Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Literary Award "Gradus ad Parnassum", permanent Jury member of a various international literary competitions. Valerian is the recipient of several awards, including the De Richelieu Honor, the Mark Twain American Literary Award (USA). He is a Winner of the International Slavic Literary Award "Golden Knight", the Prize "For the Benefit of the World", the International Literary Prize "DIAS", "DANKO", The Hemingway Canadian Literary Award Finalist (Toronto, Canada), Laureate of the International Literary Peace Award (Germany / USA), the National Literary Prize "Golden Pen of Russia", etc. His creations have been published in literary magazines and almanacs in more than 20 countries. Valerian believes that literature can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people. Traveling is his passion - he has hiked, sailed, dived and biked in many countries! Valerian enjoys culinary and adventures, loves chocolate, as should all right thinking people..  He considers himself the luckiest person in the world to be involved in two careers that he loves. But more important than either career is his family — his wife Nora,  two extraordinary sons, a lifetime collection of books and an exceptionally adorable dog, Archibald, who prefers to support his indoor hobbies, like reading and drinking too much coffee… 

TamazGogilidzePhotoTamaz GogilidzeExecutive DirectorHe worked with Georgian-German Center for Cultural Relations as an Administrative Director, prior to establishing GOLDEN BRIDGE. He coordinates recruitment efforts and interviewing of potential applicants, screening, running focus groups, and develops a variety of partnerships and new projects. He organizes and facilitates special events, as well as plans, and coordinates special projects; compiles reports and assists in the development of policies and procedures. Tamaz Gogilidze brings to GOLDEN BRIDGE a long-time interest in multicultural communications and understanding. He has travelled extensively domestically and throughout the Europe. He says "We at GOLDEN BRIDGE are committed to providing high quality, personalised teaching that helps all our students reach their learning goals. We treat all our students as individuals and offer a friendly, stimulating, supportive and inclusive environment to help you at every stage of your learning."

ShorenaTsertsvadzePhotoShorena Tsertsvadze joined the GOLDEN BRIDGE team in September 2012 as an English Language Teacher. She graduated from Gori State University majoring English language Philology. In addition to the formal education Shorena participated in many seminars and workshops for English Language Teachers organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, the English language Department of Ilia Chavchavadze State University, the US Peace Corps, etc. She possesses the University of Cambridge ESOL Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) Certificate. Shorena first started working for various educational organisations such as public high schools and private English language Centres. It was there that she gained valuable teaching experience. Her passion for student success and the continuing growth of the English Language Teaching industry saw her move to GOLDEN BRIDGE Center to continue doing what she loves. Shorena teaches English and delights in sharing her personal industry experiences in the classroom. Her favorite thing about teaching is when former students come back and tell her they got the job they wanted! She says "Teaching is the perfect job for me because I love to see the student's faces when they get it. I hope to put all my students on the right track to a successful career and I am very excited to join the GOLDEN BRIDGE community and be a part of this exciting, growing team." Outside of work Shorena enjoys reading and spending time with friends.

EleneBugaetsPhotoElena Bugaets joined the GOLDEN BRIDGE Center staff in 2020 as a Teacher (English Language). Graduated from Ilia State University with the Bachelor degree (BA) in English studies, also completed Teacher’s Preparation Program as her minor course. Elena got her master degree (MA) at Education Administration in 2016, has participated in many online and offline trainings, workshops, webinars in teaching, methodology, educational psychology and is diligently continuing her professional development. She possesses the University of Cambridge ESOL Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) Certificate. She is working in Education area since 2016, starting her path from BIST (British International School of Tbilisi). From that time on Elena has been working with students of various ages and backgrounds. Teaching is her passion indeed. She clicks with people easily and finds the right approach for each student, does her best to make the teaching – learning process both exciting and successful. She is a dedicated language enthusiast, speaking fluently many languages such as English, Georgian, Russian, Armenian and still learning new languages. Elena likes poetry, theatre, dancing and exploring new places.

MarinaBabunashviliPhotoMarina Babunashvili joined the GOLDEN BRIDGE Center staff in 2005 as Head of Law Department. She graduated from Moscow Lomonosov State University with a Master's degree in International Law. She worked with various organizations holding leading teaching positions, prior to joining Golden Bridge. She also works as a President of the Intellectual Investments Association. Marina Babunashvili has written and published numerous articles and other materials related to human rights, business law, international education and cultural adjustment. Her responsibilities include legal advice, protecting intellectual property, negotiating and drafting contracts. In addition, Marina Babunashvili oversees the day to day operations regarding all phases of student enrollment, provides comprehensive advisement for students during their pre-departure sessions. She says "It’s been 9 years that I have been working in GOLDEN BRIDGE and it has proved to be an excellent experience for me. I have been able to develop myself both ‘personally and professionally’. GOLDEN BRIDGE is a nice place to work with colleagues always ready to provide their support. The Center provides various trainings to all employees like Corporate Etiquette, Time Management, Goal Setting, etc. These have been of great help in grooming and development. In GOLDEN BRIDGE, I have always been given the opportunity to learn and work on a wide range of projects and this would not have been possible in any other organization." 

Leila Sulkhanishvili Leila Sulkhanishvili  - joined the GOLDEN BRIDGE Center as Chief Accountant in August 2012. Leila has graduated from Georgian Technical University majoring in Automation and Computer Engineering. She also possesses Internationally-recognized Certificates for Accountants. After University graduation Leila started working in the Data Center in Tbilisi as an Operator. Later she worked as a Chief Accountant for well-known leading companies such as Mretsveli XXI, LTD, Cruise Hospitality Complex LTD, and Geotehnogaz LTD. As a practitioner and expert, her responsibilities include regular review, and authorization the statutory reporting, control and verification of payroll taxes, property tax, Managing payment processes, She is informing the management on other actions required for providing effective work of the accounting function. In addition, she offers general administrative and office support, including supply acquisitions. She also provides creative marketing support for our Center. Thanks to Leila's professionalism, we at GOLDEN BRIDGE Center always receive exemplary service and the most thoughtful and prudent advice we could hope for. She says "The work environment in GOLDEN BRIDGE Center is extremely positive and competitive. The organization focuses on bringing out the best in an employee by creating a drive that is fuelled by the willingness to contribute and ‘win’. It truly brings about a winning culture. I am really proud to be a part of GOLDEN BRIDGE!"