Succeeding in Emerging and Developing Markets:
Understanding How Institutions Impact Firms and Managers

Faculty Development in International Business
June 11-14, 2013

Workshop Leaders

Liesl Riddle Dr. Liesl Riddle is an Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, an MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. She is a member of a United Nations’ advisory panel concerning diaspora investment and entrepreneurship policies. Dr. Riddle is the co-principle investigator of a multi-year research study, the Diaspora-Homeland Capital Investment Project, funded by the GW-CIBER. Dr. Riddle has conducted fieldwork in Egypt and Turkey and among diaspora communities in the USA and Europe (Afghan, Armenian, Cuban, Ghanaian, Iranian, Liberian, and Palestinian communities). She is on the editorial board of two journals, Education Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues and Journal of World Business, Special Issue on Multinationals in the Middle East.

Dr. Riddle is the co-director and a founding member of the Diaspora Program within GW’s Elliott School for International Affairs’ Institute for Global Studies ( She also serves on the Executive Committee of GW’s Institute of Middle East Studies ( Dr. Riddle teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Managing in Developing Countries, International Marketing, Survey Research Methods, and Introduction to International Business. She has received Best Reviewer Awards from the Academy of International Business and the Academy of Management. She has received numerous GW teaching awards, including the School of Business' Teaching Excellence Award.

Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Riddle worked in the field of market research on both the client and supplier side of the industry. Most recently she held the position of the Director of Research for the international market research firm, FH&R in Houston, Texas. She has served as a consultant for several organizations, including the World Bank, the US Department of State, the Grameen Foundation, IBM, and other private-sector clients.

Yohannes AssefaYohannes Assefa, Esq. is a Director at Stalwart Management Consulting PL, a Dubai based management consulting firm focusing on the development of financial markets in developing countries. He is an experienced and distinguished business lawyer with high level business management experience spanning 18 years in the United States and Africa. He spent 10 of the 18 years exclusively practicing law both in the United States and Africa in the areas of Securities law, Public and Project Finance, Banking, Corporate Finance, Commercial Litigation and Private International Law. Mr. Assefa has also extensive experience working with the Governments of Ethiopia, the United States and international non-governmental organizations, both as counsel and on a pro bono basis on trade, investment and related matters. Mr. Assefa is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Addis Ababa University Faculty of Law and Adjunct Professor of International Business at The George Washington University in Washington DC.

Mr. Assefa began his professional career in 1994 with the United Nations Development Program's Office of Project Services in New York City. Upon leaving the UNDP, Mr. Assefa worked for a management consulting firm in Washington DC before returning to school for his graduate studies at Indiana State University. After receiving his master's degree, Mr. Assefa returned to Washington DC to work as chief-of-staff for the Washington DC child welfare system, which was at the time administered by a federal court appointed receiver under the name of the LaShawn General Receivership. At LaShawn, Mr. Assefa supervised over 700 employees and 107 million dollars in budget and 7,000 abused and neglected children. Mr. Assefa returned to school and earned his law degree in 2001. After law school, Mr. Assefa clerked for two years at the New York Supreme Court Fourth Appellate Division for two years.

In 2008, Mr. Assefa relocated to Ethiopia to work various donor and private sector projects. Mr. Assefa served as the Chief-of-Party of the USAID-funded WTO Accession Plus project where his project advised the Government of Ethiopia on WTO accession, regional trade integration and market liberalization, including on the future of the financial sector and telecommunication liberalization. Mr. Assefa also served as the principal legal adviser and consultant at USAID ATEP, under a USAID technical advisory contract to assist in the development and management of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX). At ECX, he was responsible for the various aspects of the Exchange operation including, the drafting of various legislations, the formulation and amendments of the Rules of the Exchange, the development of warehouse receipt financing system, ensuring exchange compliance with exchange and national laws, and served as a liaison with regulatory and government bodies, including the cabinet and Parliament. Mr. Assefa returned to the US to resume his legal and consulting work in January 2012 as Director at Stalwart Management Consulting PL. Stalwart has offices in Dubai, India and Ethiopia and serves large and small clients across Africa and the India Subcontinent.

Prior to traveling to Ethiopia, Mr. Assefa served as a Municipal Securities Associate at Hawkins Delafield and Wood, LLP in Washington DC and at Harris Beach PLLC in Pittsford, New York.

In 2004, Mr. Assefa was named "Up and Coming Attorney" of the year by a New York legal newspaper, The Daily Record.

Mr. Assefa received his Juries Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. He received his Masters of Science degree in Criminology from Indiana State University, and Bachelors of Art in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

Mr. Assefa is a member of the New York and Washington DC bar associations.