Ryan Olson is a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute’s Frontier Europe Initiative where he focuses on macroeconomics, trade and investment in the Black Sea Region.
Before joining MEI, Ryan led export market development activities for the North American grain industry, including participation and promotion of industry priorities related to negotiations of the USMCA, TPP and TTIP agreements. He also worked as a Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Trade and Economics where he researched and wrote on issues including international political economy, economic development and trade. He has contributed to research that was cited by The Wall Street Journal, and his articles were published by The Financial Times and Real Clear Politics. Ryan began his career in Washington, D.C. working on Capitol Hill.
Ryan has been following the Black Sea region since 2010 when he spent a year living in Georgia’s Samtskhe-Javakheti Region and working as an English teacher in a village school. Ryan holds a master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University.