Anja Manuel is a former diplomat, author, and advisor on emerging markets. She is Co-Founder and Principal, along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, a strategic consulting firm that helps U.S. companies navigate international markets.

She is the author of the critically acclaimed This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States (Simon and Schuster, 2016). From 2005 to 2007, she served as an official at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for South Asia Policy.

Earlier in her career, Manuel was an attorney at WilmerHale, working on corporate governance and international and Supreme Court cases, and representing special committees of major corporate boards before the U.S. Congress, Department of Justice, and the SEC. She was also an investment banker at Salomon Brothers in London.

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

Manuel serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards and is a frequent commentator on foreign policy for TV, radio, and print press. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum, a bi-partisan forum on foreign policy in the U.S.

Last Updated: May 13, 2021

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