Anna Shen is a journalist and business strategist. She currently writes about start-ups and technology for publications such as the Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, and other publications around the world.
Last year, she based herself for three months in the mideast to study the start-up landscape in the mideast, reporting from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Beirut, and more. Several stories in the Huffington Post and Fortune magazine focused on the growth of the region’s tech sector and how it could combat the epidemic of youth unemployment there. Another piece called“Snakes and Ladders” dissected why entrepreneurs in the mideast fail or succeed. She interviewed the region’s founders and CEOs, visiting incubators and accelerators along the way.
Anna has also worked for several start-ups, providing strategic advice and building partnerships. One was in the Fintech space; its mission of providing banking services to the world’s poorest provided an alternative to money transfer services such as Western Union.
Prior to this, she worked at the United Nations, covering speeches during the UN General Assembly. At the World Bank, she worked in the new products division. Both fostered a deep passion for emerging markets, which has led to work and travel all over the world.
Anna received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Management (international business), and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.