I was born and grew up in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Upon graduating in Applied Mathematics - Financial Mathematics from Georgian Technical University, I came to the Netherlands to do PhD in mathematics at University of Amsterdam. I defended my thesis on February 29, 2008 (nice date) and had postdoc stints at Eindhoven University of Technology, VU Amsterdam and Leiden University. In 2014-2018 I was an Assistant Professor at Leiden University. My research has appeared in leading statistical journals. I have also played an active role in educational activities in mathematics and statistics in the Netherlands and have organised several large-scale international meetings and workshops.

As of 2019, I'm freelancing, while also holding a part-time position at Wageningen University. Furthermore, I'm lecturing at Actuarial Institute in Utrecht.

I have an in-depth knowledge of modern statistical and machine learning techniques and like solving practical problems. If you think we have a thing in common, where my knowledge and experience can be of help to you, drop a message and I'll be happy to discuss possibilities.

In my free time I enjoy learning languages (I'm fluent in four, and have a working knowledge of several more), music, football, and decoding and publishing ancient Georgian manuscripts.