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The George Washington University School of Business has named Dr. Liesl Riddle as Associate Dean for MBA Programs. She is also associate professor of international business and international affairs in the Department of International Business. In her new role, Dr. Riddle will oversee the School's five MBA programs – the Global MBA, Professional MBA, Accelerated MBA, World Executive MBA and Healthcare MBA.
"Our students inspire me daily. Together with our faculty and alumni, our students are leading the way in the dynamic, international world of business. As they master essential business principles, they are also seeking to make the world a better place, through ethical business practices, corporate social responsibility and fiscal and environmental sustainability," said Riddle. "I look forward to continuing to guide the School's mission to teach students to think globally, lead passionately, and act responsibly."
Riddle's areas of expertise include international entrepreneurship and national trade and investment promotion, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. She has written extensively about the roles that diasporas – migrants and their descendants – play in the economic development of emerging markets and is considered a leading expert on the topic.
Riddle played a pivotal role in the establishment and development of two nationally recognized research centers at GW: the Center for International Business Education and Research and the Institute for Middle East Studies. She also co-founded GW's renowned Diaspora Research Program in the Elliott School for International Affairs. She currently serves as vice president for communications of the American Marketing Association's Global Special Interest Group. Riddle holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, a MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.