Ryan Patrick Evangelista, ANZCHAM Executive Director
Ryan’s career in the chamber movement started 15 years ago when he joined the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) as an advocacy specialist in 1999. He rose from the ranks to become PCCI’s youngest deputy secretary general at the age of 24, a position he held for a little over ten years. In 2007, he founded PCCI’s trade policy think tank, Universal Access to Competitiveness and Trade (U-ACT), where he served as its executive director for six years. After a rewarding career in PCCI and U-ACT, Ryan moved to USAID/Philippines in 2013and served as Economic Growth Specialist in the Office of Economic Development and Governance (OEDG) where heoversaw the Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project, a development assistance program designed to support the advancement of Philippines trade policy agenda under WTO, Asean Economic Community (AEC) and Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Throughout his career, Ryanled and managed projects that inspired and empowered private sector stakeholder participation in international trade policy and negotiations, economic development, governance, advocacy and research across Asia-Pacific. He was tapped as key expert by renowned international organizations such as the United Nations International Trade Centre (ITC-Geneva),Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia (ERIA), Asean Secretariat, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA),and Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED) of CIDA.
In February 2013, Ryan was honored as one of Manila’s 40 most influential international development leaders under the age of 40 in “Manila’s 40 under 40 International Development Leaders Recognition” presented by Devex and Chevron. In 2011, he was named as one of the 20 emerging leaders of the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ryanhas a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy—Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A., and a Bachelor of Science in Business major in Economics from De La Salle University-Dasmarinas where he was honored as an outstanding alumnus in 2009.
He has written numerous articles and researches on entrepreneurship, trade policy and negotiations, which include among others, “Promoting Policy Coherence in the Philippines’ Implementation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement using Regulatory Impact Assessment Approaches,”“Entrepreneurship in the Philippines: Opportunities and challenges for inclusive growth,”“Making AEC work for PH businesses,” “ASEAN SME Policy Index: Effective Representation of SMEs,” and “An Assessment of the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Process in Trade Policy Formulation and Negotiations in the Philippines.”
Ryan’s interests include, travel, public speaking and creative writing. He is also a yoga and tennis enthusiast.