Mr. Ryan S. McCannell
Ryan McCannell is the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) senior advisor to the U.S. Army War College, serving as a member of the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) team at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Ryan previously served as the division chief for Conflict, Peacebuilding and Governance in the USAID Bureau for Africa. In that role, he oversaw a team of 12 subject-matter experts who manage regional programs and advise USAID Missions in sub-Saharan Africa on democracy, human rights, governance, conflict mitigation, and civil-military relations, as well as countering violent extremism, terrorism, and human and narcotics trafficking. Before joining USAID in 2004, Ryan spent eight years at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), where he was responsible for designing and managing democracy support programs in Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Malawi, South Africa, and the Central African Republic. In 2002-03, he served as NDI’s chief of party in Benin and Togo, where he organized training for political parties prior to elections in those two countries. Before NDI, Ryan worked as a democracy researcher for USAID. He received a bachelor’s degree and certificate in African Studies at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, a masters in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences at George Mason University, and a masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.