Ryan MacFarlane

Senior Director, Tech-Enabled Verticals

Ryan serves as Senior Director at Access Partnership, bringing with him experience in the health, environmental, and technology sectors.

Meet Ryan

Ryan serves as Senior Director at Access Partnership. He helps companies and industry associations navigate political and economic barriers to realise commercial success in international markets and form mutually beneficial partnerships between the public and private sectors. As a former scientist, Ryan has particular experience in the health, environmental, and technology sectors.

Prior to joining Access Partnership, Ryan held the position of senior director at C&M International, a global government affairs and public policy firm. Ryan also previously served as the principal Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) coordinator at the U.S. Department of State, where he had responsibility and oversight for U.S. government engagement within APEC and worked to develop policies, initiatives, partnerships, and capacity building programmes to advance U.S. government objectives in the Asia-Pacific region. While at the Department of State, Ryan led U.S. delegations to numerous APEC meetings and chaired the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum Planning Group, the APEC Chemical Dialogue, and the APEC Budget and Management Committee.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ryan was awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship and served as an international health specialist at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs. Earlier in his career, Ryan worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Ryan’s work within the government has been recognised with multiple meritorious and superior honor awards.

Ryan has also held positions in academia, working as a scientist in Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Stanford Medical School as well as the Immune Disease Institute at Harvard Medical School, where he published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals.

Ryan earned a B.S. with honors in cellular, molecular and developmental biology from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Stanford University School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Sidney Raffel Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Graduate Study.

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