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Ryan MacFarlane

C&M International Director
Phone: +1 202.624.2575
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Ryan MacFarlane, a director at C&M International, helps clients navigate political and economic barriers 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 C&M International, Ryan was 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 programs 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 recognized 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.


  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Ph.D.
  • University of New Hampshire, B.S., magna cum laude


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"Global Environmental Reporting Standards: What You Need To Know," (November 22, 2021). Contacts: Christopher D. Gundermann, Ryan MacFarlane
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Top 5 ESG Challenges and Opportunities for International Companies and Organizations," Crowell & Moring Webinar (November 2, 2021). Speakers: Judith Bussé, Ryan MacFarlane, and David R. Stepp.
"How Climate, Finance And Trade Will Intersect In 2021," Law360 (December 16, 2020). Authors: Robert Holleyman, Himamauli Das, and Ryan MacFarlane.
"Climate Change at the Top of the Agenda: Five Things Financial Analysts Need to Watch in 2021," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (December 4, 2020). Contacts: Ryan MacFarlane, Joshua Boswell, Shelley Su, Thomas A. Lorenzen, Amanda Shafer Berman
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Health Challenges Unite Asia Pacific Leaders in Effort to Close Gaps in Economic Recovery," (December 1, 2020). Contacts: Robert Holleyman, Patricia L. Wu, Ryan MacFarlane, Eric Obscherning
Client Alert / Newsletter
"New Potential Treaty on Marine Litter and Microplastics: What You Need to Know," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (November 20, 2020). Contacts: Ryan MacFarlane, Clark Jennings, Olivia Burzynska-Hernandez
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Enhancing Innovative Healthcare Financing in Pursuit of Strong and Resilient Health Systems: The Role of Insurance," APEC Webinar (October 29, 2020). Moderator: Ryan MacFarlane.
"Promoting Investment to Combat Marine Litter and Build a Circular Economy in APEC: Innovative Technologies & Opportunities for Land Based Waste Management," APEC Webinar (October 20, 2020). Moderator: Ryan MacFarlane.
"COVID-19 and the Economic Imperative for Investing in Health," 10th APEC High-Level Meeting on Health and the Economy (September 23, 2020). Moderator: Ryan MacFarlane.
"Innovative Healthcare Financing," 18th APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum (September 17, 2020). Presenter: Ryan MacFarlane.

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