Liesl Riddle

Liesl Riddle
Vice Dean for Strategy; Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs
International Business
Funger Hall
2201 G Street NW
Suite 401
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

Liesl Riddle is the vice dean for strategy and an associate professor of international business and international affairs at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB).

Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. She co-authored the first published study about diaspora investment in The Journal of International Business Studies in 1999. Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 25 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research with diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2006, she has led the GW Diaspora Capital Investment Project, which generates and disseminates learning about diaspora investment and its role in development to assist private-sector firms, policymakers, diaspora organizations, diaspora entrepreneurs and researchers.

Dr. Riddle consults on diaspora engagement-related issues for international organizations and government agencies, such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Centre for Migration and Policy Development (ICMPD), and for private-sector clients including Western Union. She is a member of the advisory board of Homestrings, an online investment platform for diaspora investment, and the African Diaspora Network in Silicon Valley. She also was one of the original partners of the African Diaspora Marketplace, a business plan competition co-sponsored by USAID, Western Union and the George Washington University. She is a founding member and former director of GW’s Diaspora Research Program and is a faculty advisor for GW’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in the area of diaspora investment and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Riddle has received numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious George Washington Award and the GW School of Business Teaching Excellence Award. 

Dr. Riddle holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies, a MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her appointment at GW in 2001, she worked in the field of market research and held the position of the director of research for an international market research firm.

  • International Marketing
  • Middle East/North Africa
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Diaspora Homeland Investment
  • National Trade and Investment Promotion

Ph.D., 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

Mobilizing Diaspora Homeland Investment Capital Project, Middle East Managerial Values Project.

  • Riddle, Liesl; Ayyagari, Meghanna. “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: Gender Differences in Upward Influence Ethics among Egyptian Managers.”Manuscript in progress.
  • Riddle, Liesl.”Adaptation of Interorganizational Networks To Environmental Change: Creating Insiders and Outsiders in the Turkish Clothing Industry.”Manuscript revision in progress.
  • Riddle, Liesl. “Beyond Clear Winners and Losers of Quota Elimination: The Case of Turkey,” in Jiawen Yang (Ed.) Globalization and the World Textile Industry. Paper was reviewed and has been accepted as book chapter.
  • Riddle, Liesl; Marano, Valentina. “Homeland Export and Investment Promotion Programs for the Diaspora: A Call to Research.” Invited paper has been submitted to book editor, Dr. Jennifer Brinkerhoff.
  • Riddle, L. et al. 2012. “A 21st Century Assessment of Values across the Global Workforce” Journal of Business Ethics. November 2011, Volume 104, Issue 1, pp 1-31
  • Ralston, David; Carolyn Egri; Liesl Riddle; Charlotte Karam; David Brock; Tevfik Dalgic; Arif Butt. “Managerial Values in the Greater Middle East: Similarities and Differences across Seven Countries” International Business Review. 21 (3):13 (2012)
  • Riddle, Liesl. Diasporas Entrepreneurs as Institutional Change Agents: The Case of, International Business Review, (2011).
  • Liesl Riddle, Meghana Ayyagari, (2011) “Contemporary Cleopatras: the business ethics of female Egyptian managers”, Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 4 Iss: 3, pp.167 – 192
  • Nielsen, Tjai M. and Liesl Riddle. (2010). Investing in Peace: The Motivational Dynamics of Diaspora Investment in Post-Conflict Economies, Journal of Business Ethics, 89, 435-448.
  • Gillespie, Kate; Liesl Riddle; Brad McBride. (2010). Globalization, Acculturation, and Local Managers in Developing Countries, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management 10(1): 37-53.
  • Ralston, David; Carolyn P. Egri; Liesl Riddle; Laurie Milton; Irina Naoumova; Ian Palmer; Prem Ramburuth; Florian Wangenheim; Pingping Fu; Min Hsun Ku; Mahfooz Ansari; Maria Teresa de la Garza Carranza; Ilya Girson; Petelin Elenkov; Marina Dabic; Arif But
  • Riddle, Liesl, Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, and Tjai Nielsen. “Partnering to Beckon them Home: Public Sector Innovation for Diaspora Homeland Investment.” Public Administration and Development, Vol. 28, No. 1 (February 2008): 54-66.
  • Riddle, Liesl, Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, and Tjai Nielsen. “Partnering to Beckon them Home: Public Sector Innovation for Diaspora Homeland Investment.” Public Administration and Development, Vol. 28, No. 1 (February 2008): 54-66.
  • Partnering to Beckon Them Home: Public-Sector Innovation for Diaspora Homeland Investment Promotional Public Administration and Development, 2008.
  • Education, Business & Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues editorial board member.
  • Journal of World Business, special issue on Multinationals in the Middle East, guest editor.