Ryan Ong is the director for international business policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a position he has served in since January 2016.
In this role, he is actively involved in the NAM’s efforts to improve the global competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States by eliminating trade barriers in other markets and advancing trade and investment agreements and treaties to open up new export markets, and working with US policymakers to advance a proactive trade agenda. He leads NAM’s efforts to improve intellectual property protection and address standards and regulatory barriers, as well as the NAM’s work to address specific challenges that manufacturers face in China and India.
Prior to joining the NAM, Ryan served as director of the US-China Business Council’s Business Advisory Services division for six years, leading a team working closely with U.S. companies on business, policy, and operational issues in China with a particular focus on innovation, standards, intellectual property protection, and tax issues. Ryan also has previous experience in a variety of positions in the public and academic sectors, including Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, the US Department of State, the Carter Center, and the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s International Trade Division.
Ryan holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a certificate in China studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, where he studied Chinese politics, economics and international relations in Mandarin Chinese. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.