Nino Zambakhidze, GEM MBA 2016 and head of the Georgian Farmers Association, has been named as Georgia's Young Global Leader for 2017.
The recent MBA graduate has already made quite an impression and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. After being featured in Forbes Georgia, appearing in the GEM Alumni Mag, voted “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the GEM Alumni in Georgia Club, and finally named GEM Entrepreneur of the Year by her alma mater in 2016, Nino has yet another triumph to add to her long list of achievements.
Time and time again, Nino has demonstrated that the skills she acquired during her MBA program can also be applied to agriculture. Founder of the Georgian Business Zone, she also shares her expertise as Chairwoman of the Georgian Farmers Association. She has contributed to propositions to change legislation in the agriculture sector, and she is the first Georgian Country Coordinator for “Invest for the Future”, an organization started by Hillary Clinton that strives to unite women through entrepreneurship. Selected for her work as President of the Georgian Farmer's Association, the World Economic Forum states that “[Nino] is transforming the agriculture sector in Georgia by focusing on small scale landowners and uniting the voices of Georgian farmers”.
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a “multistakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future”. The Young Global Leaders Class of 2017 is a diverse group of socially-minded men and women under the age of 40 who are making outstanding contributions to their field and society by pushing boundaries and rethinking the world around them. They are invited to join a community and a five-year leadership journey with the goal of bridging cultures and bringing about positive impact across private, public and civil society organizations.
Many people assume that with all of her success, Nino must be quite well-off, but she doesn’t consider herself a “well-to-do person”. In an interview with Forbes, she explains that strangers often write to her requesting financial help to treat their sick family or pay their kids’ tuition. Without so much as verifying the claims, she asks her private banker to wire them the money because they need it more than her. She added, “there were instances when after doing so, I didn’t have money left over to cover my own kids’ tuition fees. But I feel so good about helping others, that I can’t imagine living without that feeling. When you have only one life to live, you have to leave something behind.”
Failure is part of success
Despite her success, Nino is no stranger to failure and hopes to help others find their own way to success, rather than listening to her orders. “I have spoiled milk, I failed to make cheese, and I have cried and experienced many hardships. But now I’m not afraid of any obstacles.”