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Richie Santosdiaz

Adjunct Faculty

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  • Advanced Certificate of International Trade (Professional Certificate – Distinction), Institute of Export and International Trade, UK (2014)
  • Masters of Globalisation and Multinational Corporations, Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy (CISD), School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS): University of London, UK (2012)
  • Masters of International Business Administration, Foro Europeo Escuela de Negocios de Navarra, Spain (2009)
  • Bachelors of International Business (Honors), University of Scranton, USA (2004-2008)
  • Economics
  • Marketing & Strategy
  • Family Business Management
  • Innovation, Decision-Making & Leadership
  • World Cultures & Communication
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • E-Commerce & Technology
  • International Business
  • British Business in a European Context
  • Brexit and its Business and Economic Impact
  • International Management
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Presentation Skills and Wider Interpersonal Skills
  • Thought Leadership

Academic experience

  • Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) (2015-2017; 2021 – Present)
    Adjunct lecturer, both course design and delivery for courses such as British Business in a European Context
  • Various guest lecturer opportunities (primarily in London) (2015 – Present)
    Both business-related and interpersonal skill set courses

Corporate Experience

  • +15 years professional experience – including 8 years in management consulting (ex-PA Consulting in London)
  • Recent executive management role overseeing strategy based in Dubai; clients primarily in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  • Strategy, implementation and managed services; cross-sector; economic development and diversification
  • Geographical experience across Americas, Europe (primarily UK and Spain) and MENA (KSA, UAE and Bahrain)
  • Comment occasionally as an expert via media opinion-eds/interviews; lecturing and events

Consulting Experience

  • Ex-PA Consulting based in London as an economic development advisor (one of the world’s oldest management consulting houses)
  • Clients have included government entities in the UK, Canada, and the Middle East in the international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) context, across strategy to implementation and managed services
  • Sector specialisation within economic development include agriculture/tech, tech, financial services and fintech, creative industries (such as film and television), and transportation
  • Last job role was Head of Strategy for a Dubai-based company called RISE which focused on commercialisation across the consulting lifecycle
  • Architected alongside the team on high-profile projects which included the OOH strategy of an entire country and boosting a fresh produce profile for a country – to name a few
  • +5,000 hours of capability development training as part of strategy implementation work

Research Interests

  • Economic development
  • International trade and FDI
  • Fintech
  • Agritech and agriculture
  • Tech
  • Emerging economies (Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South and SE Asia)

Conference Presentations

  • Various conferences as either moderator, panel or speaker (recently around fintech and in the wider economic development context)

Chapters in Books

  • Fintech: Middle East and Africa Report 2021 – Main Author

Editorial and Reviewer Activities

  • The Fintech Times (ongoing)

Conferences & Workshops

  • Various internal client-specific workshops and training

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinction and Cum-laude across academic degrees


  • Institute of Export & International Trade UK (previous)

Media Appearances & Coverage

  • The Fintech Times (2020-ongoing)
    Various as the Head of the Middle East and Africa | Contributor
  • Forbes.com (2016-17)
    Various as a guest author
  • Fruitnet.com (2018-ongoing)
    Various as a regular contributor
  • Entrepreneur.com (2018-2020)
    Various across the geographical franchise, mainly en Espanol, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East
  • Financial Express (India) (2019-2020)
    Two co-authored guest pieces
  • More in print:
    Various including Arab News, The National (UAE), Muscat Daily and NBC News
  • TV/Video:
    Various including The Fintech Times, Fruitnet.com and Sky News (UK)