Khatia Dekanoidze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and graduated from IvaneJavakhishvili Tbilisi State University with a diploma with Honors in International Relations.
A former Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, she has worked in her home country as a university lecturer on International Relations, foreign policy advisor, senior policy analyst at the National Security Council, head of Administration of the Ministry of State Security, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Director of the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In 2006-2007, she served as a senior counsellor at the Embassy of Georgia in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
In 2014-2015, she was National Advisor and Project Manager at the US Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP).
In 2015-16, as Chief of the National Police of Ukraine, she launched an appraisal that included senior and medium command staff, resulting in a substantial reorganisation of the force. In 2017, she acted as a police consultant in Moldova.
Currently, she is a police consultant at OSCE Ukraine and Adjunct Professor to George C. Marshall Center, CTOC Course.