Ryan Patrick Garcia-Evangelista

Country Director, Philippines

Ryan serves as Center for International Private Enterprise Philippines country director.

Ryan is overseeing program activities and operations of CIPE’s regional office in the Philippines, focused on improving democratic governance and supporting market-oriented reform, fostering diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), women economic empowerment, responsible and ethical investments, digital economy, strengthening business associations, think tanks and civil society organizations, and enabling stakeholder participation in policy advocacy. He leads a country team in Manila, and engagements with a wide range of Philippine and international partners.

With 23 years’ experience in private sector and development cooperation, he previously served as investment policy reform adviser of IFC-World Bank, investment promotions and business enabling environment adviser of USAID-SURGE Project, institutional benchmarking expert at International Trade Centre (ITC), ASEAN-Korea FTA IEC consultant at ASEAN Secretariat, and SME policy adviser of Economic Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). He also served as executive director of the Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce/ Philippines, Economic Growth Specialist at USAID/Philippines, and executive director of the Universal Access to Competitiveness and Trade (policy think tank of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry or PCCI). Ryan served as the youngest deputy secretary general and management committee member of PCCI, assuming the position at the age of 24.

Ryan is a recognized expert in a number of subject areas, including public governance, international trade policy and regional integration, business association strengthening and institutional benchmarking, regulatory reform, investment policy, and local economic development. He currently serves as a lecturer at the SME and Trade Academy in Geneva, Switzerland, and faculty member teaching stakeholder analysis and governance best practices at the joint ISA-University of Asia and Pacific (UA&P) Governance and Leadership Program.

In 2013, Ryan was honored by Development Executives (Devex) as one of Manila’s 40 most influential international development leaders under the age of 40. He earned his Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy-Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, USA, and, undergraduate in Business Economics at De La Salle University-Dasmarinas.