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Liesl Anna Riddle

Liesl Anna Riddle

Title: Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of International Business
Department: International Business
Address: Duques Hall, Suite 550
Phone: (202) 994-1217

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 2001
M.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1995
M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1995
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1992

Area of Expertise: Diaspora Homeland Investment, National Trade and Investment Promotion, Cross-Cultural Management, International Marketing, Middle East/North Africa

Publications: Journal of International Business Studies, International Marketing Review, Small Business Economics Journal, and Public Administration & Development.

Editorial Positions
Education, Business & Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues editorial board member
Journal of World Business, special issue on Multinationals in the Middle East, guest editor

Professional Activities: United Nations ad-hoc expert on Diaspora Entrepreneurship, Member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, American Marketing Association

Current Research: Mobilizing Diaspora Homeland Investment Capital Project, Middle East Managerial Values Project

Grants: GW-Center for International Business Education and Research

Other: Liesl Riddle is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). She oversees 14 of GWSB's graduate degree programs, including five MBA and nine specialized masters programs. In conjunction with faculty advisory committees, she developed GWSB's Digital Community (GWSB:DC), a suite of online degree programs (MBA, MSPM, MSIST, MTA) that are offered through a digital-community environment ( She also is the co-director of GWSB's OntheBoard program, a fellowship program designed to promote women on corporate boards.

Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 20 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research among 16 different diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. She was a founding member and director of the university’s Diaspora Research Program. Dr. Riddle is a frequent guest speaker at the US Foreign Service Institute in the Near East North Africa Area Studies Program.