Riley Walters is research associate for Asia economy and technology in The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center. He specializes in Northeast Asian macroeconomic issues as well as emerging technologies and cybersecurity.
Riley has previously lived in Japan, one year in Kumamoto prefecture and one year in Tokyo while attending Sophia University. He holds his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Before joining The Heritage Foundation he worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute as a research associate.
Riley was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He and his fiancé now live in Arlington, Virginia. He is fluent in Japanese.