Team

Mariam Kukunashvili

Mariam Kukunashvili

Founder/Director

Mariam was graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University with honor and was granted full government scholarship for further studies. Upon completing her 3-year residency program she continued her studies at Tbilisi State Medical University to pursue her Master Degree in Healthcare Management and Economics. In parallel to her post graduate studies, Mariam worked as a night shift nurse and later as a doctor at an Emergency Care Unit of Tbilisi Central Hospital.

From 2003, Mariam works as a Regional Coordinator for EU supported project “Primary Health Care Financing Reform in Georgia” , where she has been supervising health care reform in the Country. After Health Care Reform Project, Mariam continues work at various EU and USA Embassy funded projects: “Palliative Care’, Poverty Reduction”, US Embassy programs on “Sustainment and Stability Operations program”, “Bioweapon’s Threat Reduction Program

Mariam is principle author of the books “Surrogate Motherhood: The World Practice and Georgian Reality”, “Aging and Healthy Lifestyle” and Co Author of Surrogacy and Fertility book which was published by Cambridge University in 2016. She also writes articles and Blogs for various Georgian newspapers

‘’I would like to personally thank you for putting your trust in us. I strongly believe that every individual deserves to experience the joy of parenthood, so I established New Life Georgia as part of New Life Group. You’ve probably been through many attempts, struggled with doubts and experienced waves of emotions along the journey that has led you here to us.

But my own personal experience with infertility empowers me to tell you this: it’s too early to give up! My personal journey saw me through 11 unsuccessful IVF attempts, endometriosis and four surgeries, and one successful, but ectopic, pregnancy. At that point I, too, turned to third party assisted reproductive technologies. And with the help of two wonderful surrogates, my husband and I now have a beautiful daughter and twin boys, born in 2011. I know it’s hard to start or even continue the journey to parenthood through the hurdles and the struggles. But we are here to walk with you every step of the way.’’

Mariam Kukunashvili, MD, PhD


Sophie Ukleba

Head of Personal Managers’ Department

As a highly trained professional in customer service and dedicated team member, Sophie is a great asset to New Life. In addition to a BA degree in Translation and Interpretation, Sophie holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from UK. Having worked for prestigious London companies as a sales and marketing coordinator, Sophie has expertise that is essential to insuring the satisfaction of our intended parents. She has dependable experience that helps her guide our patients through the entire process of a surrogacy program with minimal stress.

Sophie has worked as Senior Sales Advisor at New Look, Marble Arch, London, as well as on Senior Team Leader position for the Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair in London.

Sophie is very eager to keep up with the latest trends in Business Administration. Most recently, she attended several prestigious conferences on Resource Management & Carrier Development, Business Process Management & Change, Leadership Challenges & Strategy Formulation.

As a Head of Personal Managers’ Department, after having 10 years experience working with New Life, Sophie is the first contact person receiving all enquiries from the parents. After collecting the relevant information from the parents and informing the parents about the options New Life can offer, Sophie hands over parents to assigned personal managers. Sophie monitors parents satisfaction and is approachable for the parents any time during the entire journey to ensure the promised expectations to the parents are met at full extend. Sophie is in charge of in personal managers’ training process and constantly strives for increase of their customer service skill sets.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

Lela Grzybowska

Personal Manager

A charming and enthusiastic young professional Half British, Half Georgian who decided to return to her Georgian roots after 20 years of living in the UK.
Lela has more than 7 years of working experience in Sales and Marketing as well as working in the public relations and teaching sectors.

Graduating from Bristol University with BA honors in German and Spanish Lela was given the opportunity to work for a top real estate company in Spain where she mastered her skills of sales and focused on pursuing a career in this field. Having worked in Spain as a Real Estate Sales manager her next opportunity took her to Australia where she furthered her sales and marketing experience in one of Melbourne’s top energy companies. Working in all aspects of sales starting from door to door, cold calling and eventually becoming sales leader of the Melbourne flagship branch her dedication and hard work promoted her to Team manager.

Lela’s experience in customer service and ability to develop relationships with people then lead her to obtain a CELTA teaching qualification where she worked at a language Centre in Georgia for 2 years teaching students of all ages.

As a personal manager at New Life, Lela focuses on enquires from all potential Intended parents. She introduces available programs and handles negotiations for the final agreement for Intended Parents. Her attentiveness and positive outlook means she is always ready to help with any situation via email and telephone at any time of the day.

Languages: English, Spanish, German, Georgian

Eliso Shakarashvili

Personal Manager

Eliso is a well trained professional with the working experience in different international companies. She has been in customer service for more than ten years and developed her communication, time management and goal oriented skills. Eliso has held supervision and administration positions at The Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair and West Trend Apartments London, she also worked at one of the leading international insurance companies, Vienna Insurance Group, where she deepened her knowledge in customer service. Eliso holds the Bachelor degree in the interpretation and translation of the English language at Georgian Technical University and additionally she took the courses of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relation at one of the prestigious colleges in London, UK.

Eliso has been working at New Life for more than four years and is well aware in details and specifics characterizing the mission and vision of entire New Life. Working as a personal manager, Eliso is responsible for dealing directly with Intended Parents, managing and coordinating their inquiries and providing support in order to ensure their satisfaction. Eliso responds all initial questions in great detail, introduces available programs and handles negotiations for the final agreement for Intended Parents.

Eliso is considered as one of the most dedicated, enthusiastic and supportive team member of New Life with a high sense of responsibility.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

Nana Tskhondia

Personal Manager

Nana holds BA degree in English philology. She completed international studies at Folk High School in Denmark that helped her to be qualified as active and engaged member of society.
Being the Deputy Secretary General of Georgia Red Cross for 8 years, she has gained huge experience and skills in supervision, monitoring and management of programs.

As a personal manager at New Life, Nana introduces available programs to the intended parents, answers all the questions in accurate and timely manner and and handles negotiations for the final agreement. She is always attentive to every detail and prioritizes making everything as easy and pleasant as possible for our intended parents.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

Maka Darsavelidze

Personal Manager


Maka has great experience in the fields of public relations and strategic communication with a government agency. Her professional experience comprises: planning and coordinating official visits, high-level meetings, media relations, international project management and implementation.

She worked for 9 years as an Assistant to the First Lady of Georgia who mainly dealt with Health care and Charity activities throughout the Country.

Maka holds a PhD in journalism and is an Associate Professor at the State University of Georgia. She delivers lectures leads courses on public relations, journalism, media law and ethics in various Georgian institutions. She also participated in training courses at home and abroad on different issues.

As a personal manager at New Life, Maka deals directly with all intended parents, manages and coordinates their inquiries, provides support to ensure patients’ satisfaction, answers all initial questions in great detail, introduces available programs and handles negotiations for the final agreement.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

Lika Oboladze

Personal Manager

Graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Lika holds BA degree in Psychology. She has more than 10 years of working experience in local, international and state organizations, as well as in NGO. Starting career as a customer service representative for an International company, she managed to become a CEO assistant in a short time.

Having a passion for working in Medical Service and communicate with patients, Lika decided to obtain Master Degree in Public Health Administration and Management. She worked as a deputy director in administrative field in one of the biggest hospitals in Tbilisi. After getting her Master Degree, Lika joined NCDC (National Center of Disease Control and Public Health) UNICEF funded project and she had to deal, control and monitor antenatal and perinatal clinics all over the country. She participated in various health conferences, meetings and trainings arranged by different organizations such as WHO, Statistics Sweden and University of Tromso (Norway).

Working as a personal manager at New Life, Lika deals directly with all intended parents, manages and coordinates their inquiries. She introduces available programs and handles negotiations for the final agreement. Her previous experience working with International patients as well makes her professional advisor with some extra personal touch.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

Tina Nishnianidze

Personal Manager

Tina holds a Bachelor Degree in International Law and Diplomacy, graduated from University of Barcelona, and also holds a Masters Degree on Human Rights Protection and Globalization from Universidad Abierta de Catalunya (UOC).

She has more then 7 years experience as a customer service agent for American Airlines in Barcelona Airport. Also she was a member of Human Rights Head Office Cabinet and Centre for International Humanitarian Law of Red Cross in Catalunya. Worked closely with partner organizations in Barcelona in terms of protect support, operations, organizational development, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation. Participation in the creation of the programme of internal training in humanitarian diplomacy.

Working as a personal manager at New Life, Tina additionally coordinates the Spanish speaking intended parents. She is always ready to help with any situation via email and telephone at any time of the day.

Languages: Spanish, English, Russian, Georgian

Nia Nutsubidze

Personal Manager

Nia Nutsubidze

Nia has multiple years of experience working in the Patients Coordination Department of the Caucasian Region at the Istanbul Florence Nightingale Hospital. Obtaining a Diploma in Journalism helped Nia to gain additional skills helping her to communicate professionally between patients and the clinic. She is an experienced professional who gained knowledge in the medical field as well as dealing with Patients and most importantly handling time management.

Nia is an extremely responsible, hardworking and empathetic person, which makes her an ideal patient coordinator.

Working as a personal manager at New Life, Nia coordinates the turkish speaking intended parents.

She is always there to respond to patients’ queries via Email, or Telephone any time of the day. Nia makes sure all questions are fully answered in a timely and accurate manner.

Languages: Turkish, Russian, Georgian

Justyna Nowak

Personal Manager

Justyna Nowak

Justyna completed 5-year psychology studies with a specialization in clinical sexology and clinical psychology and she holds Master Degree in Psychology.

For 2 years, Justyna conducted trainings for leaders of local communities and then for 4 years she worked at the Family Support Center and the Women’s Rights Center, where she conducted psychological consultations with couples and women. Thanks to her commitment and social skills, she soon began working with the best therapists in Poland.

Justyna has completed many trainings related to psychology of a couple and work with people struggling with infertility. Currently, she has started her doctoral dissertation related to infertility issues.

As a personal manager at New Life, Justyna deals with intended parents, conducts meetings with them and provides support in order to ensure their satisfaction. She makes whole journey as easy and pleasant as possible for our intended parents.

Languages: English, Polish, Sign language.


Mariam Bakuradze

Mariam Bakuradze

Egg Donor Program Manager

mariam@newlifeeggdonors.com

Mariam is one of our highly valued New Life Team Members.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Ivane Javakhishvili State University. She has more than 7  years of work experience in hospitality service as a manager at Golden Crown Group in Dubai. Mariam has worked in Qatar, Dubai and China as a VIP customer service manager. At New Life, Mariam Started her career as an administrative officer, she demonstrated high level of service and experience, and got promoted in no time as a program manager.
As an Egg Donor Program Manager at New Life Georgia, Mariam manages the egg donor database and ensures its regular update. She also makes sure all details are accurate and the programs run smoothly and accurately.
Mariam deals directly with all intended parents, manages and coordinates their inquiries, provides support to ensure patients’ satisfaction, answers all initial questions in great detail, introduces available programs and handles communication for the final agreement. Mariam is your primary contact when you start to consider carrying out your Egg Donation Program with us.

Languages: Georgian, English, Russian, Chinese

Anna Kolendrickaya

Ukrainian Egg Donor Coordinator

anna@newlifeukraine.com

New Life Ukraine’s dedicated staff member Anna Kolendrytska has years of working experience in government agency on administrative issues, social policy and lifestyle and has been monitoring the quality control in sales. She holds a Master’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Kiev National University.

Anna brings both compassion and experience to New Life Ukraine with her hard work and motivation. She is the best contact person for egg donors. Anna finds the process very rewarding and works with big enthusiasm and inspiration. She coordinates and manages the database of Ukrainian egg donors and always has an accurate and timely advice regarding the potential candidates for the programs. She maintains close communication with all candidates and ensures their satisfaction.

Anna Kolendrickaya
Nako  Tkeshelashvili

Nako Tkeshelashvili

Georgian Egg Donor Coordinator

nako@newlifegeorgia.com

Nako was graduated from Tbilisi state University and holds Masters degree in In International law. At New Life, Nako recruits Georgian Egg donors and manages database to ensure uploaded information is thorough and precise. She meets potential Egg Donor Candidates, interviews them, familiarizes them with program details and makes sure they feel confident, comfortable and safe at all times. She is actively involved in Egg Donor preparation process and maintains close communication with Doctors and the donor .

Maica Hirang

Asian Egg Donor Coordinator

With her vast experience in the training and human resources field from different industries such as education, the government sector, technology, and infrastructure, Maica is also equipped with her great passion in helping people from different walks of life. She holds a degree in Child Development Education and her 10 years of work experience has taught her the importance of commitment, grit, and persistence; something that she significantly contributes to New Life Asia
Maica is responsible for signing up new donors and also for the planning, monitoring and managing of the donor cycles. She oversees all travel arrangements, assists with pill plans and medication cycles, and is a mentor and support for each and every donor, traveling with them to destinations as Chaperone whenever is needed.

Maica Hirang
Natalie Southwood

Natalie Southwood

New Life Donor Coordinator in South Africa
natalie@newlifeeggdonors.com

Natalie holds a diploma in Public Relations management and has over 5 years’ working experience in the public relations, marketing and management.

Natalie works closely with the Egg donors from the initial sign up and screening, through to the medication management, egg retrieval and aftercare support. She makes all the necessary travel preparations and personally accompanies the donors on their trips to ensure they are fully supported each step of the way. Her priority is the donor well-being and she is always on hand to answer questions and ease any concerns that the donors might have.