Strategic Security &
Special Assistant, Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Ryan Russell is an international affairs professional with over 16 years’ experience in national security, diplomacy, international trade and investment, intelligence, and international business development. He worked for nine years as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State, developing foreign policy and providing political and economic analysis to senior policymakers. Mr. Russell has served in Asia, Europe, at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City, and in Washington, DC, where he had the unique opportunity to sit at the nexus of the intelligence and diplomatic communities during his assignment as a Special Assistant in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. His prior experience includes work in the nuclear power industry and staff assignments at the George Washington University and the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as a guest lecturer at numerous foreign universities.
Mr. Russell holds an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. As the recipient of a Rotary International Cultural Ambassador Scholarship, Russell conducted post-graduate research in the fields of political and economic development policy at the Albert-Ludwig Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany.