Ryan M. Gliha arrived as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on September 16, 2018. As of February 4, 2020, Ryan serves concurrently as the U.S. Representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, headquartered in Jeddah. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, Ryan most recently served as Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim from November 2017 through August 2018 at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar after serving as Deputy Chief of Mission there from 2015 through 2017. Previously, Ryan served as Director of the Regional Media Hub and Arabic Language Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London, United Kingdom from 2012-2015. During that assignment, Ryan served temporarily as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Media in the Bureau of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2014.
This assignment in Jeddah marks a return to Saudi Arabia for Ryan, as he began his diplomatic career at the Consulate General in Jeddah as head of the Visa Unit from October 2002 to November 2004. Ryan’s other assignments include Cultural Affairs Officer in Beirut, Lebanon, Public Affairs Officer in Sanaa, Yemen, Public Affairs Officer in Beirut, Lebanon, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in Washington.
Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the Honors College at Arizona State University. After studying Central Asian history at Indiana University’s Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Ryan received a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Ryan speaks Arabic, French, Uzbek, and Persian. He is married to Jamie Tronnes and they are the proud parents of two children.