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Anja Manuel California
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Author, former diplomat and advisor on emerging markets, Anja Manuel 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, in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm that helps US companies navigate international markets.

She is the author of 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 for TV and radio (Charlie Rose, BBC, Fox Business, MSNBC, NPR, etc.) and writes for publications ranging from the New York Times to Fortune, The Atlantic to Reuters, among others. She serves on several corporate and non-profit boards and advisory boards, including Overseas Shipping Group, Inc. (NYSE listed), Ripple Labs Inc., Flexport Inc., Center for a New American Security, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, the American Ditchley Foundation, and Governor Brown's California Export Council.


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  • President Trump: 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 President Trump's policies might affect 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, Manuel breaks down the sometimes inflammatory foreign policy and trade pronouncements into thoughtful and understandable realities. From the likely direction of U.S. trade policy, to relations China and India, to what the instability of the Middle East and Russia's assertive policies might mean for the U.S. businesses in the near term, Manuel can draw on expertise in every region of the world to provide answers to today's issues. 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. From her front-row view of this colossal shift, first at the State Department and now as an advisor to American CEOs, Anja Manuel escorts the audience on an intimate tour of the corridors of power of Asia's predominant powers-China and India-to reveal what makes each country "tick" and what Americans doing business there should know. Through vibrant stories that have been described as "both heartbreaking and funny," she reveals how each country is working to surmount enormous challenges-from the crushing poverty of Indian slum dwellers and Chinese factory workers, to outrageous corruption scandals, rotting rivers and unbreathable air, to managing their citizens' discontent, and how some of these challenges create opportunities for joint work with American companies. Based on her book This Brave New World, Manuel shows us an optimistic path-American politicians, businesses and ordinary citizens can bring China and India along as partners rather than alienating one or both, and thus extend our own leadership in the world.

  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets - Every day, American businesses must decide where in the world to sell, invest or source parts of their supply chain. How do you determine which emerging markets to enter first? And how do you do it both effectively and ethically? Based on her extensive experience in government and now leading businesses through these difficult decisions, Anja Manuel shares her insight and illuminating stories about how to engage local governments and business partners from Bogota to Bangalore.
This Brave New World
This Brave New World: India, China and the United States,

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