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Anja Manuel

Anja Manuel, JD


Not in residence


Anja Manuel is an affiliate at CISAC and a Lecturer in the International Policy Studies Program, where she designed and teaches a course on US Policy toward South Asia. 

Ms. Manuel is also Co-Founder and Principal along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others, in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm.  The firm assists CEOs and senior executives at major companies to expand their businesses and meet regulatory challenges in key emerging markets such as China, India and the Middle East.

From 2005 to 2007, Anja Manuel served as Special Assistant to Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, Ms. Manuel had responsibility for South and Central Asia Policy, Congressional outreach and legal matters. She was part of the negotiating team for the U.S.-India civilian nuclear accord, helped to secure passage of the accord in the U.S. Congress, and was extensively involved in developing U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

From 2001 to 2005, and from late 2007 to 2009, Ms. Manuel was an attorney at the law firm of WilmerHale, where she specialized in international litigation and arbitration, anti-corruption matters, and Congressional investigations. In her legal practice, Ms. Manuel advised clients on anti-corruption and international arbitration matters in China, India, Latin America, and Africa; and worked on matters of public policy interest, including representing Senators McCain and Feingold in their defense of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act before the Supreme Court. She also represented the German Economy Foundation Initiative in its efforts to set up a foundation to compensate forced labor victims of World War II.

Ms. Manuel started her career in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers, working on German and Eastern European mergers and privatizations.

She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees with distinction from Stanford University.

Ms. Manuel is a member of the Aspen India Strategy Group, and the Council on Foreign Relations.  She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for a New American Security, the non-profit Developments in Literacy, and is a board director of Zipcourt, Inc.



TV Interviews/Commentary/Video


Radio Interviews

(KQED broadcasting of 7/2011 WAC speech) U.S.-Pakistan Relations at a Turning Point
Moderated Events for World Affairs Council
(Profile last updated October 2014)