Anna Adeola Makanju

Anna Adeola Makanju, Director

Anna Adeola Makanju joined the Board in December 2020. Ms. Makanju is a renowned expert in global policy who brings over 15 years of experience across U.S. government and leading private sector companies. Ms. Makanju is the Head of Public Policy at OpenAI, a leading AI research and deployment company. Ms. Makanju leads the company's work with policymakers around the world to advance OpenAI's mission to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits humanity. She is also a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. Ms. Makanju served as a Special Adviser for Europe and Eurasia to then-Vice President, now President Joseph R. Biden, focusing on policy and engagement strategies with 51 countries, including Russia and Turkey. She has also served as a Senior Adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and as Director for Russia on the U.S. National Security Council. As an attorney, Ms. Makanju practiced international law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and international criminal tribunals in the Hague. Ms. Makanju received her B.A. from Western Washington University and holds a J.D. with Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School.