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Anja Manuel

Based in San Francisco, California, USA

  • Co-founder and Principal, RiceHadleyGates, LLC (2009 – present)
  • Former Special Assistant for South Asia to Under-Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State (2005 – 2007)
  • Member, Governor Brown’s Advisory Council on International Trade (2015 – present)
  • Member, Aspen India Strategy Group and Council on Foreign Relations
  • Co-founder and Principal, RiceHadleyGates, LLC (2009 – present)
  • Former Special Assistant for South Asia to Under-Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State (2005 – 2007)
  • Member, Governor Brown’s Advisory Council on International Trade (2015 – present)
  • Member, Aspen India Strategy Group and Council on Foreign Relations

Anja Manuel, is an author, former diplomat, speaker and now a sought-after adviser to Fortune 50 and Silicon Valley CEOs. Anja Manuel shares her powerful insights on the rise of emerging markets in Asia and beyond, what this means for us, and America’s future role in international leadership.

Anja Manuel was deeply involved in U.S. policy towards Asia as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department. Her front-row view of the colossal shift in power to China and India in particular makes her a significant voice on globalization and how to manage it today. As co-founder and partner with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in a strategic consulting firm, she helps business leaders make sense of and expand into key international markets.

Her book This Brave New World (May 2016) draws on two decades of experience in business, law, and government to take the audience on an intimate tour of the corridors of power and the lowly slums of Asia. She has traveled extensively across Asia and the world, and with her clients, regularly experiences tough negotiators and managing unruly subsidiaries in cities from Beijing to Bangalore to Bogota. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Manuel now lectures at Stanford.

Providing audiences a candid look at U.S. foreign policy, Manuel is a commentator on TV and radio, and writes frequently for major media outlets such as NPR,BBC,Al Jazeera, Reuters, FORTUNE, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Daily Beastand others.

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The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy and America’s Role in the World

In this charged political environment, Anja Manuel is able to cut through the rhetoric to offer an informed analysis of how each candidate’s proposed platforms might enhance or harm the United States’ relationships with foreign allies and enemies alike. Drawing on years of experience working at the State Department and as an international business consultant with the esteemed firm of RiceHadleyGates, Anja breaks down the complex and sometimes inflammatory foreign policy discussions from both sides of the aisle into thoughtful and understandable realities. Her expertise spans the breadth of the regions and topics from the current election cycle and what they mean for U.S. foreign policy—from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and how business with China might be affected, to the conflict in Syria and ISIS, to what political instability in South America might mean for the U.S. in the long term. Anja’s rational and measured approach to the issues has established her as an informed resource for audiences around the world.

What the Rise of Asia Means for Us

In the next decade and a half, Asia will surpass the combined strength of North America and Europe in economic might, population size and military spending.
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