Dr. Pam Ryan received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with award winning research on the psychology of decision-making in the US venture capital industry. A dual USA-Australian citizen, Dr. Pam has held leadership positions in several international organizations. Her unique skill set and diverse experiences as a psychologist, entrepreneur, investor, business manager, researcher and author have been applied in business, political and psychosocial arenas around the world. Dr. Pam has served as a Limited Partner in US and Australian venture capital firms for almost 30 years and acted as informal advisor and consulting psychologist to VC firms in the USA and Australia as well as VC funded portfolio companies – ranging from semiconductor manufacturing to retail to hospitality. She recently advised the South Australian government on building an innovation ecosystem in South Australia, drawing on cutting edge research from around the world on the characteristics of VC firms/funds for optimal success. Dr. Pam has taught entrepreneurship at the McCoombs Business School at the University of Texas and the psychology of decision-making at the Australian Graduate School of Management. Dr. Pam is co-founder and former Limited Partner of the Silverton Group of partnerships. As Managing Director of the Tingari Group, Dr. Ryan currently manages a portfolio of business partnerships, organizations and investments. She chaired the Boards of international NGO, Psychology Beyond Borders and international think tank and research institute, Issues Deliberation Australia, for ten years each. Dr. Ryan has authored and co-authored many public policy reports, conference papers and academic articles relating to these diverse projects, including “Why Some Venture Capitalists Escalate And Others Don’t”, “The Psychology of Microfinance” and “The Future of Social Entrepreneurship and Impact”.
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