About Keith E. Ripley (Founder of Temas
Keith E. Ripley has been a public
affairs/government relations consultant since 1981. He is one of
the foremost experts on how international and regional organizations
affect the regulatory environment for multinational corporations;
he directed two public affairs consulting services focused
on that area for 14 years and served as Editor of the 1982-1995
editions of the annual International Organizations Regulatory Guidebook.
First with International Business-Government Counsellors (IBC)
and later with Global Business Relations Inc. (GBR), Mr. Ripley
advised multinational clients from four continents on regulatory
and legislative developments in European and Latin American nations as well as as
those regarding the European Union (EU).
In November 1995 Ripley founded Temas
Actuales, a specialized government relations/public
affairs consultancy focused principally on the Americas.
As part of his Temas
work, Mr. Ripley has written and spoken extensively on environmental,
health, safety and consumer protection issues in Latin America and the
Caribbean (LAC). He has occasionally written on these issues for such
periodicals as Environmental Management, EcoAmericas and Recycling Laws
Mr. Ripley is the author of the only known book on the LAC waste situation
and its policy responses, including recycling policies and practices,
Solid Wastes and Recycling in Latin
America & the Caribbean: Trends & Policies.
Mr. Ripley has a Bachelor’s in Latin American Studies from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Masters in International Relations
from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, with an Honors Certificate
from the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy.
Mr. Ripley is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.