Lasha Labadze has been with ISET since 2008, serving as a researcher and subsequently as deputy director and executive director of the ISET Policy Institute until January 2018. At ISET, as well as managing a team of researchers, conducted his own research and provided economic policy consulting and training services. In 2017, Lasha also became co-director of ISET’s newly-established BA program in Economics. In 2018, Lasha was elected to be ISET alumni association president and joined ISET's governing board as an ex-officio member.
Since February 2018, Lasha has served as an Assistant Professor at the American University of the Middle East in Kuwait. His research interests are primarily in applied microeconomics, education economics, labor economics, and agricultural economics. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Tbilisi State University (2015) and a Master's degree in economics from ISET (2008).