Dr. John E.H. Ryan
Dr. John E.H. Ryan
Dr. Ryan is a Director on GEI's Board.
has 20 years experience promoting entrepreneurship in the sustainable agriculture and energy sub-sectors in the context of 14 developing countries.
has managed incubation, finance, policy, institutional strengthening, and capacity building projects and programs for nonprofit and for-profit concerns directed at supporting local entrepreneurs in the design and development of business ventures that open opportunities for environmentally sound pathways to economic opportunity in rural regions in emerging economies.
From 2007 to 2010, John
served as both the CEO of GEI
and Director of GEI-A operations.
John developed GEI-A and designed and managed a portfolio of enterprise-centric technical assistance, capacity building, and finance programs for the organization.
These programs aim at helping local entrepreneurs in the Indian Himalayas, the Peruvian Andes, and mountains of Sichuan and Yunnan in China to create and grow new businesses that offer socio-economic returns to low-income populations while preserving the ecosystems they depend on for their livelihoods.
As a technical guide at GEI-A
assisted entrepreneurs in strategic planning for and the creation and introduction of innovative processes in new artisan food ventures as well as in the development of new products, operations to support their creation, and activation and refinement of value chains.
Prior to GEI, John served as the Director for Finance and Policy with the Energy and Security Group where he developed and managed energy enterprise assistance, policy, and finance programs in China, the Caribbean, India, and Brazil and as a Program Officer for Winrock International where he oversaw the Clean Energy Group's global projects in policy, finance, and enterprise incubation as well as the India portfolio.
John has worked as an independent management and technical consultant/advisor on sustainable energy and/or agriculture projects for multiple clients including private foundations, USAID, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Bank.
Early in his career, John was the Deputy Director of a Washington-based trust fund focused on providing first stage financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency ventures in developing countries.
He was instrumental in the fund's creation and managed its day-to-day operations and Central America portfolio.
John also served as the Associate Director for the export council representing the renewable energy industry in the U.S. and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
is an active serial entrepreneur and has placed his
own capital at risk in and co-managed a series of social entrepreneurial endeavors based in Asia.
John holds a PhD from The University of Warwick's Business School, a MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Tulane University.
has conducted academic research on strategic planning, decision-making, and top management teams in the start-up phase of social enterprises operating in rural regions of emerging economies as well as on the local political, biological, and socio-economic conditions that play a role in the development of these ventures.
John has worked and studied extensively in northeastern Brazil, Central America, and northern India and has served on the Board of for-profit companies in India and China as well as the Small-scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund (www.s3idf.org).