Liesl Riddle

Board Member


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.  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 US 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 Shuraako, an NGO promoting employment and entrepreneurship in Somalia.  She also was one of the original partners of the African Diaspora Marketplace ( 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 ( in the area of diaspora investment and entrepreneurship. 

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.

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