About Ryan



Ryan Patel is a world-renowned futurist and go-to authority on global business, political economy, and corporate governance. An expert in scaling businesses, he has worked for startups to publicly traded companies; his extensive knowledge in strategic global market development, concept scalability, digital transformation, global trade, and consumer-driven marketing, making him a thought leader in the global business realm. He is a frequent TV contributor, Board Director, and Senior Fellow with the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is also the host of the series “The Moment with Ryan Patel” presented by HP.

Patel is a firm believer in giving back to the community and paying it forward. In areas ranging from innovation to social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and technology, he serves on several advisory boards, including Mastercard, The Drucker School of Management, The Wall Street Journal Leadership Communities, and HEC Paris. In addition to being a former member of the American Red Cross LA Board of Directors. His passion for combining social good and business has led him to discuss relevant and real-world situations that are accessible to both students and professionals alike. He is also a trainer at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.  In 2015, he was awarded “Executive of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and received Special United States Congressional Recognition for outstanding services to the community. In 2017, Inc. listed him as one of nine executives and innovators who serve as an inspiration for how all businesses can make a difference. He also received the 2018 “Connect” Award for Business Leader of the Year and is the 2020 recipient of the prestigious NAAAP 100 award. He also received the United States Senate Certificate of Commendation which recognized his exemplary business leadership and contributions. Also, listed as one of the “Creators to Follow” by Linkedin Editor in Chief and is recognized as a “Top Voice” on Linkedin.   

Ryan is a multigenerational communicator who is able to break down complex global business issues in a digestible way. He is a contributor at CNN, BBC, Fox Business, CNBC, The Hill, Yahoo Finance, CGTN and has been featured in the New York Times, adidas, Forbes, Entrepreneur, WWD, Nasdaq, Inc, TD Ameritrade and more. He is an advisory board member of the Mastercard Innovation Collective, HEC Diversity Committee, and a part of “The Collective” at the Washington Post Creative Group. He accompanies his literary talents with both domestic and international keynote appearances and leading campaigns with corporations and universities such as Mastercard, Hewlett-Packard, Adobe, The Economist, Salesforce, World Economic Forum, Nasdaq, World Government Summit, Edison International, IBM, LEGO, Money 20/20 Economic Times, Reuters, FIS, London School of Economics, Wharton School of Business, and more.

Patel’s experience includes growing a young company into a global leader, Pinkberry, which enticed him to become the Vice President of Global Development. During his tenure, the company had gone from less than 95 locations to over 270 stores in 23 countries (North America, Europe, MENA, Asia and Latin America), making it one of the fastest-growing retail brands at the time. Patel’s unique and inherent knowledge of the ever-changing nature of trends and how it impacts business has been vital in providing valuable strategy and leadership in developing domestic and international growth plans across multi-cultural and cross-functional teams. He has been a key player at some of the world’s most innovative companies, such as Wet Seal Retail, Inc. (Arden B and Wet Seal), Jamba Juice, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. and Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (Panda Express).

He received his Bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He most recently received his Corporate Governance and Board of Directors Certification from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management Executive Program. For more information, go to www.RyanPatelGlobal.com/about and follow him on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram @RyanPatelGlobal.

Ryan Patel Featured on the Nasdaq Billboard at New York Times Square on Nov. 19, 2020