Stephen Ganyard (Colonel, USMC, Ret.) is president of Avascent Global Advisors. Ganyard’s civilian and military career includes experience in a variety of high-level leadership, managerial and staff positions dealing with complex technologies, strategic planning, foreign policy, intelligence, homeland security and global operations. At Avascent, he helps clients with international market strategy development and execution, political strategy and risk management, as well as business development and capture support. His primary focus is on Asian markets.
He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs where he was responsible for a budget of more than $5 billion related to global political-military programs, strategic political-military planning, and cross-cutting political-military policy issues. Previously, he served as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Counselor, Department of State, managing a foreign policy portfolio that included the broader Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, counter-terrorism, East Asia, maritime piracy and foreign assistance. While on active military duty he served as Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and in the J-8/ Joint Chiefs of Staff office working on missile defense issues.
As a Marine Corps fighter pilot, Mr. Ganyard received two decorations for combat valor and held command positions at both the Squadron and Air Group level, amassing more than 4,200 flight hours in twelve different types of tactical aircraft. A graduate of Northwestern University and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Mr. Ganyard has published articles and op-eds in The New York Times and other publications and professional journals. He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, serves as a consultant to the Institute for Defense Analyses, and as an Emmy-nominated, on-air contributor for ABC News for military and aviation issues.