Tamara Kalandiya is the chief financial and operating officer at the Middle East Institute (MEI), a non-profit think tank and educational organization in Washington, D.C. In addition to her finance role, she also manages the Institute’s academic services, including classes in regional languages such as Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew, and online course offerings on contemporary Middle East policy issues. Mrs. Kalandiya holds a degree in economics and is a certified public accountant. Prior to joining MEI in 2011, she served as a regional director of finance and administration at International Medical Corps. Originally from the country of Georgia, she founded the Academy of Georgian Heritage in D.C. in 2013 to provide educational and cultural services for Georgian-American youth.