Liesl Riddle

photo: Liesl Riddle
Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs; Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, GW School of Business; Co-Director, GW Diaspora Program
Room 550 Duques Hall
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Areas of Expertise

International Entrepreneurship; Investment and Trade Promotion; Diasporas; International Business in the Middle East and North Africa; and Research Methods

Liesl Riddle is the associate dean of graduate programs and 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 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.


Ph.D., University of Texas

Classes Taught

IBUS 3001 Introduction to International Business

IBUS 3201 International Marketing Management

IBUS 4402 Managing in Developing Countries

IBUS 6201 International Marketing

IBUS 6402 Managing in Developing Countries