Ms. Erika Kvapilova is the first UN Women Representative in Georgia. She assumed her responsibilities in July 2013. Before joining UN Women in Georgia, she served as UN Women Regional Programme Director for South-eastern Europe. Between 2005 and 2009 she worked as the Programme Specialist, supporting UN Women/ UNIFEM programming in the Western Balkans and Turkey. She holds Master and PhD degrees in philosophy from Comenius University in Bratislava.
Before joining UN she spent over 15 years in social policy and welfare research, participated in international comparative research teams, and as a visiting scholar spent almost four years at Stockholm University, the Institute for Social Research (SOFI) . She is author of numerous studies on social policy and gender.
In early 2000’s she was a Director of Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs, and the International Center for Family Studies in Bratislava affiliated to the Ministry of Labour, Social Studies and Family in Slovakia, and served as the gender adviser to the ministers of labour, social affairs (2000-2004).