Vice President, International, Rand Corporation
Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Ries was appointed Vice President, International at the RAND Corporation in April 2012. He oversees RAND's international offices and international research client relationships. He joined RAND in 2009 as a Senior Fellow. Ambassador Ries’ research has focused on the economics of development, the Middle East, and Europe. He is co-author of RAND studies on Haiti, the U.S. in Iraq, and energy efficiency in buildings, among other recent publications. For Johns Hopkins University, he has published articles on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). While on a leave of absence from RAND in 2010, Ries served as Executive Vice President of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. In the U.S. diplomatic service, Ries served as U.S. Ambassador to Greece (2004-2007); Coordinator for Economic Transition at U.S. Embassy Baghdad (2007–2008); and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (2000–2004). In earlier assignments, Ries was head of economics and trade at the U.S. Embassy in London and at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and supported the U.S. G-8 Sherpa. He served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for North American Affairs and was a member of the NAFTA negotiating team.
Ries is the recipient of the State Department's Cordell Hull Award for Senior Economic Officers, the Distinguished Honor Award, Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Rockwell Schnabel Award for U.S.-EU Relations, and several Superior Honor Awards. For his service in Iraq, he received the Department of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of American Diplomacy.