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Workshop Leader

1Dr. Liesl Riddle is an Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs at The George Washington University School of Business.

 Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for almost 20 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research among 17 different diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since 2006, she has led a multidisciplinary research team, 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 is a founding member and former director of GW’s Diaspora Research Program within GW’s Elliott School for International Affairs’ Institute for Global Studies and is a faculty advisor for GW’s Center for International Business Education and Research in the area of diaspora investment and entrepreneurship. She is also on the Advisory Board for Homestrings, and online investment platform providing innovative opportunities for diasporans to invest in their countries of origin.

Dr. Riddle has received numerous teaching awards, including the GW School of Business Teaching Excellence Award. She teaches course at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, including courses on Migration, Identity & International Business; Global Perspectives; International Management; and Managing in Developing Countries. She also is a frequent guest speaker at the US Foreign Service Institute in the Near East North Africa Area Studies Program.

She previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Business, where she oversaw fourteen graduate programs, including five MBA and nine specialized master degree programs. She spearheaded the launch of GW’s Digital Community, a suite of online graduate degree programs.

Dr. 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. 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.