Sophie Shevardnadze, the granddaughter of the last foreign minister of the Soviet Union and former president of Georgia, Edward Shevardnadze, was raised in Tbilisi, Paris, and New York. She earned her BA in film at Emerson College, and her MA in Broadcast Journalism from NYU. She is fluent in English, French, Russian and Georgian and knows conversational Italian.
Sophie has worked at RT since the channel’s launch in 2005, starting as a news anchor and later becoming the host of “Exclusive Interview with Sophie Shevardnadze”. For the past five years, Sophie has been the host of her own program SophieCo, interviewing prominent politicians and news-makers from around the world. Sophie has interviewed the likes of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, President of Syria Bashar al-Assad, former President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and former head of the CIA and NSA General Michael Hayden.
Sophie frequently moderates various panels and public discussions across the globe on a variety of topics, ranging from politics and genome sequencing to international diplomacy and charity. She has been invited to speak at the United Nations, the Valdai Discussion Club, the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Eurasian Forum, Yale and Harvard.