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Chief Strategy Officer

Ryan Sickles

Ryan Sickles

Ryan oversees BGA’s corporate strategy, brand, and business development. In this role, he works to ensure that BGA and its teams are focused on and impacting the most complex issues facing investors in the Indo-Pacific. An experienced strategic advisor, Ryan has established a track record of counseling global corporations, trade associations, equity and hedge funds, and think-tanks to find creative solutions and achieve success in the political economy of the region and globally. Prior to his role as Chief Strategy Officer, he was a vice president for client service overseeing BGA’s sector-focused work and ensuring that its clients received exceptional and consistent support in solving their problems and advancing their business.

Before joining BGA, Ryan spent several years and held many leadership roles at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he remains a non-resident senior associate. During his tenure, he developed deep and collaborative relationships with Fortune 100 companies to help them address their international relations challenges and anticipate global risk. Earlier, he led the center’s public affairs efforts including outreach to members of the international media and developing the center’s relationships with the foreign diplomatic corps in Washington, D.C. He also spearheaded the center’s digital strategy and expansion into multimedia production. In recognition of this work, Ryan was named to the Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Under 33” in foreign policy for 2013.

Ryan has travelled the globe but remains very engaged at home. He is a long-time board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, D.C. He holds an MBA in international strategy from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a B.A. in international economics from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. He resides in Washington with his wife Caitlin and his boys, Declan, and Rowan.

  • Prior Professional Experience
    • Vice President, BowerGroupAsia
    • Worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies helping connect good foreign policy ideas with decision makers in media, government, civil society, and the private sector.
  • Areas of Expertise
    Geographic
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • Philippines
    • Singapore
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam
    Industries
    • Agriculture
    • Automotive
    • Banking
    • Communications
    • Consulting
    • Entertainment
    • Finance
    • FinTech
    • Government
    • ICT
    • Healthcare
    • Media
    • Private Equity
    • Think Tank
    Functional Expertise
    • Accounting
    • Communications
    • Government Relations
    • Public Affairs
    • Strategy
  • Education
    • University of Missouri- Saint Louis—Bachelor of Arts in International economics & International Politics.
    • Georgetown University—Master of Business Administration in International Strategy.
  • Professional Affiliations
    • Non-resident Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
  • Honors and Awards
    • Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Under 33” (2013).
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