Vera Kobalia served as Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia from 2010-2012. Under her leadership, she was responsible for executing key reforms in tourism, transport, construction and industry. She is also known as one of the initiators of developing the green economy in Georgia. Prior to her appointment to the Cabinet of Georia, Kobalia started Coalition for Justice, a non-profit organization that focuses on protecting the rights of refugees in Georgia. Before that, she worked at various Canadian companies in marketing and management roles. Kobalia graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Canada with a degree in Business Administration and Information Technologies. Kobalia was named a World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader” in 2012, and is the only Georgian to win this award.