Former Public Defender (Ombudsman) 2012-2017; Human Rights Centre
Ucha graduated from Tbilisi State University in 1999 with a degree in International Law, and the Tbilisi Institute of Political Science in 1996. He is currently Director of the Democracy Research Institute (DRI), a think tank based in Tbilisi, and Project Director at the Human Rights Center. In December 2012, he was elected by Parliament as a Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia for a five-year term. He was a founder and an executive director of the Human Rights Center (HRIDC), Chairman of the Board of Tbilisi Human Rights House, Coordinator of Working Group 1 (Human Rights, Democracy, Good Governance and Stability), and a member of the steering committee of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. Ucha also coordinated the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders.