Director - Mainland South East Asia, ASEAN, Energy
Riley Smith is currently the Director for Mainland Southeast Asia, ASEAN, and Energy at the US-ASEAN Business Council. In this role he oversees the Council’s Washington, DC- and Southeast Asia-based teams covering Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in the planning and execution of business advocacy programs for the Council’s more than 160 member companies. He also directs the Council’s multilateral engagements for ASEAN and the energy sector, including organizing the Council’s annual business missions to the ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting and the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting.
Before assuming the role of Director, Riley managed the Council’s programs for the Philippines and Singapore, in addition to the energy sector. Prior to joining the Council, he worked as a Senior Intelligence Analyst at the integrated risk management company iJet International (now WorldAware) and in the World Bank’s Global Watch Office, where he provided analysis on how political, economic, and security developments in countries around the world could affect clients’ and the World Bank’s operations.
Riley has an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, as well as an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.