Anja Manuel Biography

Anja Manuel

Anja Manuel

Author, former diplomat and advisor on emerging markets, Anja Manuel is Co-Founder and Partner along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm that helps US companies navigate international markets.

She is the author of the critically acclaimed This Brave New World: India, China and the United States, published by Simon and Schuster in 2016.   

From 2005-2007, she served as an official at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for South Asia Policy. Earlier in her career, Ms. Manuel was an attorney working on international and Supreme Court cases, and an investment banker at Salomon Brothers in London. 

A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Manuel now also lectures at Stanford University.

 She is a frequent commentator on foreign policy, and technology, for tv and radio (MSNBC, Fox Business, BBC, Charlie Rose, NPR, etc.) and writes for publications ranging from the New York Times, to Fortune, The Atlantic, and Newsweek, among others.

 She serves on several corporate and non-profit boards, including the boards of Overseas Shipping Group, Inc. (NYSE listed), Ripple Labs Inc., a leading blockchain payments company, and advisory boards of Flexport Inc., Synapse Inc., Center for a New American Security, the American Ditchley Foundation, Governor Brown’s California Export Council, and National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

 She serves as West Coast Co-chair of a Harvard Initiative on Technology and Public Purpose with Former Sec Def Ash Carter, and is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Manuel lives in San Francisco with her husband and two small children.