Ryan Sickles

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Prior to joining BGA, Ryan was the assistant director for strategic planning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. In this role, he developed deep and collaborative relationships with Fortune 100 companies in the financial services and energy sectors on critical foreign policy challenges in Asia and around the world.

Previously, Ryan was deputy director for external relations at CSIS where he was responsible for the center’s outreach to members of the international media and the foreign diplomatic corps in Washington. He also led the team that developed the center’s digital strategy, multimedia production, social media outreach and convened its high-profile symposia. In recognition of these roles, in 2013, Ryan was named to the Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Under 33” in foreign policy.

Ryan has travelled the globe, including teaching English and economics at the Gulf University of Science and Technology in Kuwait. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, where he majored in economics and international relations. He also holds an MBA in international business and strategy from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. He and his wife Caitlin reside in Washington, D.C., and enjoy the city’s restaurants, theatres, and sports teams as well as nearby hiking and wineries.