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Anja Manuel

Co-Founder and Principal, RiceHadleyGates LLC

Author, former diplomat, speaker and now a sought-after advisor 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.

 
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 forthcoming 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.

Female Leadership

As an investment banker, lawyer, government official and now business owner in Silicon Valley, Anja Manuel has experienced firsthand both the challenges and inspiring change afoot globally for women. Drawing on global examples as well as her own decisions and sometimes funny mistakes, she shares her perspectives on women in the seat of power, and adds common-sense solutions to empower women around the world to reach their full potential.

Meet Anja Manuel

Author, former diplomat, speaker and now a sought-after advisor 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 Beast and others.

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