Anna is an ecosystem builder, startup advisor, and journalist.
Recent engagements as Director of Marketing Outreach for InnovationChallenge.com, the leader in its field; it has run over 600 challenges globally over the past 15 yrs: Fortune 500, governments, international organizations, NGOs, universities, and more. Just wrapped up marketing lead on CISCO’s annual innovation challenge for social impact, as well of the US Dept of Energy geothermal challenge.
She also contributes to HuffPost, and Inter Press News, which covers news of the global south.
Other: she was recruited for a six-month consultancy as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She identified a highly-sought after partnership with the United Nations Global Compact. Writing the RFP in nine days, and competing against 12 other top schools, Thunderbird won. We are now the official institutional partner of the UNGC, something that placed Arizona State University and Thunderbird as a key player that drives corporate social responsibility. The partnership led to the Dean being placed on the Board of the UNGC, major research and programs across ASU, and it is regularly referenced as a pillar by the President of ASU.
She is also an active advisor to many startups, as well as incubators/accelerators including Nasdaq, the Plug and Play Tech Innovation Center, Village Capital in the impact space, as well as Singularity U’s Global Solutions Program. Also recruited by Plug and Play Innovation Center to moderate and help plan a series of panel discussions on gender and entrepreneurship. A few other speaking engagements: DLA Piper Innovation Conference, Taiwan: APEC Summit for women in STEM (invited by the government of Taiwan), 500 Startups PreMoney, Girls in Tech, Sustainatopia, and at the UN. Advisor on book “Extreme Innovation.” She also writes about global business, entrepreneurship, innovation, impact investing, start-ups, and VC.
Anna has also worked for several start-ups, providing strategic advice and building partnerships. One was in the Fintech space; a company providing banking services to the world’s poorest.
Other roles: She has worked at the UN, covering speeches during the UN General Assembly and its committees, and has regularly worked with Heads of State, Ambassadors, Ministers and other high-level officials. At the World Bank, she edited their newspaper, and worked in the new products division, producing a TV documentary series that was aired in 80 countries around the world. She has also worked at the NYT metro (stringer) and in DC.