David Kakabadze is the Director of RFE/RL’s Georgian Service, a position he has held since 2005. He joined RFE/RL in 1993 in Munich and worked as an editor in the Georgian service for many years. Prior to joining our ranks, David was a Konrad Adenauer Foundation fellow at the University of Cologne, where he completed his PHD in German literature. Before that, he chaired the Goethe Cabinet at Tbilisi State University. He also worked as an editor and correspondent in Tbilisi for various Georgian and Russian newspapers and magazines.
BA, Tbilisi State University (1982); PhD, German literature, dissertation on “Irony in Goethe’s Faust,” University of Cologne, 1993
David’s writing on Georgian political events has appeared in numerous publications, especially in the German press, including Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and General-Anzeiger. He has translated works of German-and English-language authors into Georgian, including Goethe, Schnitzler, Borchert, Kaschnitz, Botho Strauss, Bichsel, Woolf.