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Michael P. Ryan, PhD, director of the Creative and Innovative Economy Center at the George Washington University Law School

Michael P. Ryan, PhD, is director of the Creative and Innovative Economy Center at the George Washington University Law School, where he is coordinating and participating in a variety of research projects regarding the law and governance, political economy, strategic management, and ethics of creativity, innovation, and economic development in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. Dr. Ryan established the first course regarding intellectual property policy and management for students of international affairs and business in 1994 at Georgetown University. After publication of Knowledge Diplomacy, in 1998-1999 he helped the Jordanians with their patent and plant variety law reforms. In subsequent years he initiated the King Abdullah II Intellectual Property Week education activities for Jordanian business, government, judicial, and academic communities, and has been a frequent lecturer in Jordan at the invitation of the Royal Scientific Society, the Young Entrepreneurs Association, and the Jordan Intellectual Property Association.


Since 2005 Dr. Ryan has been studying bio-medical technology innovation in Brazil. His study, “Patent Incentives, Technology Markets, and Public-Private Bio-Medical Innovation Networks in Brazil” is forthcoming in the 2010 volume of the journal World Development. He and CIEC co-organize with the University of Sao Paulo Business School and Medical School a roundtable series and educational programs regarding bio-medical and IT innovation and competitiveness. Dr. Ryan is now extending study of technology innovation in Brazil to green technology and information technology. He has been for many years studying information technology innovation in Korea and has been in recent years studying film, television, and music creativity in India, coffee brand and strategic management in Colombia, and clean energy innovation in China.


Dr. Ryan edited in 2005 a special issue of Business Ethics Quarterly regarding patents, drugs, and international public health regarding AIDS. After several years of in-country field research, his study, “Public-Private Network Governance Innovations for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in Uganda, Cameroon, and Tanzania” is under journal review.


Dr. Ryan lectures frequently in Geneva to members of the diplomatic community and has also lectured and conducted research in Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, the Palestinian Territories, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates.  He is presently writing Knowledge Development and Knowledge Ethics and is the author of Knowledge Diplomacy and Playing by the Rules. He has served on the faculties at the business schools at Michigan and Georgetown and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown; has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a guest lecturer at China University of Law and Political Science; holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and an MA from The Ohio State University.

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