Anya Schiffrin is the director of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs’ International Media, Advocacy, and Communications Specialization. She spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia, writing for a number of different magazines and newspapers. Schiffrin was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and wrote regularly for the Wall Street Journal. She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999–2000 and then a senior writer at the Industry Standard, covering banking and finance.
In addition to her work at Columbia University, Schiffrin directs the journalism training programs of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a global economic think tank based at Columbia University. She organizes seminars around the world to strengthen the capacity of journalists in developing countries to cover finance and economics.
Schiffrin currently serves on the advisory board of Revenue Watch, an international NGO which seeks to ensure that developing countries receive the full benefit of their natural resources and can use them to promote development.