• About Me

    Passionate about policies, international security and human rights, Anna is currently building up her credentials at Stanford University, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP) with a full two-year fellowship from the Asia Pacific Scholars Fund. She specializes in strategy, policy and governance of digital technologies and their implications on international security.


    In complementary with her degree, she interned at Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, completed IBM’s Applied AI Professional Certificate, and interned at the United Nations’ Executive Office of the Secretary-General where she worked on policy and governance initiatives for frontier technologies and strategic foresight.

    Anna was previously part of the Management Consulting practice in Accenture Asia-Pacific (headquarter in Singapore), specialised in digital transformation, the Internet of Things, technology strategy and innovation. She had three years of consulting experience for multinational corporations around Asia in various industries. Her professional exposure included Latin America, North America and Europe. She consistently received commendations for her professionalism and outstanding execution. She also had two years of work-and-travel experience as a digital nomad through Latin America and Europe. She speaks four languages English, Spanish, Chinese Mandarin and Vietnamese.

  • Professional Experience

    United Nations

    Executive Office of the Secretary-General | Internship (Sep 2020 - Dec 2020)

    • Support the Secretary-General with strategic analysis, priority-setting, planning, risk management and strategic alignment of plans and resources.
    • Coordinate the formulation of strategies, programs and policies on UN system-wide / cross-cutting needs, priorities, resources, risks and performance. Monitor, identify, analyze geographic, political and thematic global trends.
    • Policy and strategic advice on the multilateral implications of frontier technologies including artificial intelligence, biotechnology, robotics, aerospace, and cyber-technology.
    • High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation: support the strategic planning, discussion, execution roadmap, and partnership between the United Nations and member states, private sectors and civil society

    Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence

    Policy Internship ( Jun 2020 – Sep 2020)

    • Research on Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) governance and policies by international and national regulatory bodies, key stakeholders map, and literature review
    • Virtual workshop series on Artificial Intelligence governance and policies cross-industry: healthcare, finance, transportation, the judicial justice system, and the military
    • Collaborative work with key government agencies, regulators, policymakers in the United States and Europe, industry experts, AI practitioners, academic researchers, business professionals, etc.

    Stanford University Master Candidate

    Master of International Policy (Aug 2019 - Jun 2021)

    The Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy is a two-year professional graduate degree program at Stanford University, emphasizing the advanced analytical tools and methods critical to decision making and leadership in international affairs.


    Full two-year Fellowship from Asia Pacific Scholars Fund
    Specialisation in (1) Cyber Policy and (2) International Security
    Expected Graduation: June 2021

    Extra curriculum activities: Stanford Model United Nations Chair of Cybersecurity Crisis Committee (Nov'2019). Israel Winter Trek (Dec'19)

    • Professional Certificate: IBM’s Applied Artificial Intelligence (self-initiative). Courses include IBM Watsons APIs, AI-Powered Chatbots, Python for Data Science, Computer Vision with Watson and OpenCV.


    Management Consultant ( Jun 2015 – Jul 2018)

    1) Digital Immersion Program for Major Oil and Gas MNC, Headquarter in Malaysia
    • Client is an integrated oil and gas company, presence in 35 countries, one of the Fortune Global 500.
    • Worked with client’s Chief Digital Officer on digital transformation throughout the value chain, from the upstream well to the end consumers. Acted as subject matter expert for gamification, UI/UX app and web design. Led next-generation communication development. Developed gamification elements and training curriculum.

    2) Digital Supply Chain for a Major Forestry & Agriculture MNC, Headquarter in Indonesia
    • Client is one of the largest makers of pulp and paper products, presence in more than 70 countries.
    • Led the development of the management dashboard from end-to-end: designed, developed and tested. Facilitated collaboration between different workstream. Lead a dynamic team of more than 15 people at global locations. Managed relationships with client’s senior management and key business users.

    3) Digitisation of Operations Value Chain for a Global Utilities Client, HQ in Singapore
    • Client is a leading energy, water and marine group, with total assets of S$20 billion and over 7,000 employees
    • Successfully implemented change management across stakeholder groups: C-suite, senior management committee, project team to plant operators and engineers. Designed and coordinated effective communication to all stakeholders.

    4) The Internet of Things Centre of Excellence (co-innovation between Accenture and the Singapore Economic Development Board)
    • Presented business solutions to clients’ C-suite and senior executives, resulting in business deals amounting to millions of USD
    • Developed specialty in various digital domains including next-gen training and education, wearables technologies, AR/VR, analytics. Architected go-to-market solutions. Lead successful initiatives: open innovation session, Thought Leadership, latest development and business directions.

  • Testimonials

    "The client's Chief Technology Officer signed a contract extension just for Anna's time. You can see the amount of talent she has." - S. Ramani, Accenture Managing Director.

    "Using her ability to drive outcomes, take ownership and ask the right questions, Anna has become one of the most valued team members. She is recognised as a high performer and confident future leader by the Leadership." - P. Kaura, Accenture Senior Manager

    “Anna's excellent work ethic, commitment and ability to pick new and varying topics makes her a very adaptable professional. Importantly, her energy in the workplace is very infectious!” – A. Chatterjee, Accenture Senior Manager

    "Strong impact capturing client mindshare [...] Her simple and effective manner of delivering key messages has been very impactful." - M. Mujumdar, Accenture Senior Manager


    "Anna showed great ability to absorb new materials and learn about client context within a short period of time. She produced work of very good quality." - T. Goh, Accenture Manager.

    "Anna keeps control in chaotic situations. She improvises and gets things done in the most effective way. She is seen as a calm, honest and authentic person, and Anna used that to select topics she can present to clients without being perceived as too ‘salesy’." - A. Radach, Accenture Senior Manager

  • The future: Technology and education and next gen workforce

    I believe that digital technology plays a vital role in the future of education and shaping the next generations of the workforce. I am passionate about digital technology with 3 years of consulting experience in this area. It is unmistakable that digital technology has tremendous potential for transcending education, becoming the driving force behind a future where education is universal and accessible to all children worldwide.

  • Education

    Stanford University

    Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (Sep 2019 - June 2021)

    • Expected Graduation: June 2021 | GPA: 4.01 / 4.00
    • Full two-year Fellowship from Asia Pacific Scholars Fund
    • Specialisation in (1) Cyber Policy and (2) International Security
    • CCA: Stanford Model United Nations – Chair of Cybersecurity Crisis Committee, November 2019
    • CCA: Stanford Law School immersion trip to Israel, December 2019
    • Professional Certificate: IBM’s Applied Artificial Intelligence (self-initiative). Courses include IBM Watsons APIs, AI-Powered Chatbots, Python for Data Science, Computer Vision with Watson and OpenCV.

    Digital Nomad Programmes to South America and Europe

    South America and Europe (Mar 2018 - Dec 2018)

    • Explored: 2 continents and more than 7 countries, countless communities, cultures, arts and languages
    • Learned: 1 Nanodegree in Programming. 3 courses in Economics & Stats. Fitness Bootcamp and Meditation Retreat. 3 Language courses.
    • Connected: Digital Nomad professional communities with 60 core contacts and countless local contacts. Start-up Communities in Latin America and Europe and Africa through official organisations and conferences.
    • Contributed: Delivered 5 skill-transfer workshops on Digital Technology and Digital Security. Community-Involvement Activity: San Juan de Dios Hospital for Children with Disabilities, Chile. Personal fund-raising campaign for Children and Education.

    National University of Singapore

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Aug 2011 - Jun 2015)

    Cumulative Average Point: 4.79 / 5.00

    First Class Honors with Finance Specialisation

    University Town Residential Programme (UTRP)

    Full Scholarship for Bachelor Degree: Temasek Education Foundation Sunburst SCholarship

    Reginald Quahe Memorial Gold Medal for being one of the top two students in NUS Business School 2012

    McGill University (Canada)

    University Student Exchange Program (6 months)

    International Financial Markets and Risk Management

    Recipient of NUS Award for Study Abroad (NASA) Scholarship

    Participated in Business Start-up Idea competition organised by LaSalle College Montreal, April 2013

    Catholic Junior College

    Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level (Jan 2009 - Dec 2010)

    5 distinctions in Maths, Economics, Chemistry, Geography

    Distinction in special course H3 Linear Algebra with National University of Singapore

  • certificates - Independent studies

    IBM Professional Certificate in Applied Artificial Intelligence

    Jun - Sep 2020 - Credential URL

    Learned concepts and tools including machine learning, data science, natural language processing, image classification, image processing, IBM Watson AI services, OpenCV, and APIs.

    Learned practical Python skills to design, build, and deploy AI applications on the web.

    Learned to apply pre-built AI smarts to products and solutions, use IBM Watson AI services and APIs to create smart applications

    Completed several projects that showcase proficiency in applying AI and building AI-powered solutions.

    Hack Lab

    Sep - Dec 2020

    I gained a strong understanding of the most common types of attacks used in cybercrime and cyberwarfare, along with policy and legal aspects of hacking activities (government, private and individual). We had hands-on drills in a controlled environment on how to carry out social engineering, wireless network hacking, IoT device hacking, corporate intrusion, web attacks, darknets and cryptocurrency, etc.

    Online Open-Sourced Investigation

    Sep - Dec 2020

    Amazing course on what I call the critical survival skills for the Digital Age, internet research using free and publicly available information: domain investigations, social media research, strategies for geolocation and chrono-location (placing videos or images at a point in time), image verification, airplanes and ship tracking, and research on individuals. We learned to use these skills to dig deep and unveil illegal activities, expose corrupted government officials, aid human rights activists fighting against human traffickers, expose foreign inauthentic coordinated campaigns on social media, etc.

    Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century

    May 2019 - Credential URL

    This course introduces class participants to the political significance and societal consequences of challenges facing U.S. and international policymakers. It is designed to help participants develop skills to analyze policy proposals and advocate for their preferred options for issues on the public policy agenda ahead.

    The Changing Global Order

    April 2019 - Credential URL

    How are international power relations changing and how can global peace and stability be maintained? This course familiarizes students with some main theories of international relations, shows how the global order is gradually changing and discusses how selected international and regional organizations contribute to the maintenance of global peace and security.

    The Sustainable Development Goals

    March 2019 - Credential URL

    In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by 193 member states, the goals represent an important international step in setting humanity on a trajectory towards sustainable development.

    Global Diplomacy: the United Nations in the World

    February 2019 - Credential URL

    Consisting of an introduction to the complex UN family and its history, and a series of ‘snapshots’ of key UN functions, which are used to explore important UN themes and help learners develop important analysis, communication, and policy-based skills.

    Programming Nanodegree

    May 2018 - Credential URL

    This Nanodegree equips learners with the foundational knowledge and skills that all programmers use whether they program mobile apps, create web pages, or analyze data, and how to think like a programmer.


    July 2017 - Credential URL

    Gamification is the application of game elements and digital game design techniques to non-game problems, such as business and social impact challenges.

  • Children and education

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela


    My profile on Kiva (non-profit global microfinance platform): https://www.kiva.org/lender/anna050505
    My 2019 annual fundraising campaign for Books Beyond Borders: https://lnkd.in/gjHWFgA

    My 2018 annual fundraising campaign for Children and Education: ko-fi.com/annaanguyen


    I aspire to develop my knowledge and expertise in order to, firstly, enable global governance and regulations to catch up with the development of digital technologies; and secondly, to leverage digital technologies to close the gap of inequality, making access to formal education universal for all children worldwide, including the stateless children.

  • Achievements: Honors and Awards


    Stanford University - Full Fellowship for Master Degree from Asia Pacific Scholars Fund 2019 - 2021

    Full Scholarship for Bachelor Degree

    Temasek Education Foundation 2012 - 2015

    Full Scholarship for Junior College
    Singapore MOE ASEAN Scholarship 2008 - 2010

    Business competitions

    Accenture Professional Community Contribution Recognition 2016
    Accenture Professional Community Award 2016
    Winner of Resources ASEAN MCDP Collaboration Challenge 2016
    Accenture Information Security Detect and Protect Winner 2015

    Accenture Journey Case Competition 2014 - 2nd

    SEO-V Business Idea Competition 2013 - 1st place

    YChallenge Business Case Competition 2012 - 2nd

    University Dean's List

    5 semesters on National University of Singapore Business School's Dean's List


    Academic awards

    Reginald Quahe Memorial Medal 2012

    National Youth Achievement Silver Award 2010

    Singapore Mathematical Olympiad Bronze Award 2010

    American Mathematics International Competition Distinction award 2010

    Catholic Junior College Academic Award 2009



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