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Ryan Gawn

Ryan Gawn is Director of Stratagem International, a strategic political affairs consultancy which provides advice to organisations, parties, governments and individuals who wish to understand and advance their interests in complex political environments.

Prior to this, he was Director of Penn Schoen Berland, a market research and strategic communications consultancy, where he provided evidence based insights and communications advice to leading corporate and governmental clients. Previously with Peace Dividend Trust, an economic development INGO, he spent a year in Eastern Afghanistan advising international actors (e.g.military, NGOs, UN Agencies) on their engagement with the Afghan private sector. He has also managed communications projects at the US Congress and for the Speaker of the Iraqi Committee of Representatives .

With a background in public affairs consultancy, he has advised government departments in the UK and overseas (Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development) and worked on various projects with the British Council and European Parliament. In 2005 he worked in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (United Nations) on the Secretary-General's reform proposal, 'In Larger Freedom', and he spent 3 years as International External Relations Coordinator for Save the Children UK, where he produced award winning work on international advocacy issues in development, humanitarian affairs and conflict and security.

Ryan has also worked as Business Development Manager for a multinational FMCG company and is a fluent Spanish speaker. 

Educated in Scotland, Sweden, the US and Argentina, he is a Rotary World Peace Fellow (MA International Relations) and also a Salzburg Fellow. Ryan was recognised in 2007 in The Observer / New Statesman's 'Top 50 in Public Life', as finalist for Public Affairs Asia's 'Gold Standard in Political Communication' (2010), and as one of the Diplomatic Courier's 'Top 99 Most Influential International Professionals Under 33 in Foreign Affairs' (2011).

Ryan is deeply committed to ensuring a stable future in Northern Ireland and is an Advisory Panel member of the Northern Ireland Foundation, as well as a member of Healing Through Remembering, the cross community project looking at ways to deal with the past in Northern Ireland. He is a member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020, Trustee of Concordis International and former Treasurer of the UK United Nations Association Westminster Branch.

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