Vera Kobalia was appointed Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia in 2010. Under her leadership, she has been responsible for executing key reforms in tourism, transport, construction and industry. She is also one of the initiators of developing the green economy in Georgia. Prior to her appointment, Kobalia started Coalition for Justice, a non-profit organization that focuses on protecting the rights of refugees in Georgia. Before that, she worked at various Canadian companies in marketing and management roles. Kobalia graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Canada with a degree in Business Administration and Information Technologies.