P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Anbinh Phan, 2007

Director of Global Government Affairs, Walmart

Anbinh Phan is an immigrant from Malaysia

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Georgetown University

ANBINH PHAN is starting a social-justice venture revolving around stateless persons and human trafficking victims in Southeast Asia.

Anbinh was born in a refugee camp in Pulau Tengah, Malaysia, as her parents were en route from Vietnam to the United States. Her parents now reside in Torrance, CA. They and Anbinh are all naturalized citizens.

Anbinh graduated with a law degree from Georgetown University and now. She earned an MPA at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2004, and a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Pomona College in 2001.

At Princeton she was the manager of the Volunteer Center, served in student government, and studied abroad at Oxford University. In 2000 she was selected as a Truman Scholar. While at Princeton University, she was the coordinator of an Intellectual Property Rights and Global Public Health Study in New Delhi and Mumbai. She also interned at the International Trade Center UNCTAD/WTO in Geneva and was Assistant Editor of the Journal of Public and International Affairs.

Prior to her graduate study, Anbinh worked with micro-credit loan programs in Southern Vietnam through Saigon's Children Charity. Since 2004, as an international economist at the US Department of the Treasury, she worked on World Trade Organization Accession and free trade agreement negotiations, as well as the Generalized System of Preferences program.

Anbinh intends a career in trade law and aspires to advance international trade policy that promotes economic development and poverty alleviation.

  • JD Law | Georgetown University 2010
  • MPA Economics | Princeton University 2004
  • BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics | Pomona College 2001
Work History
  • Walmart, Director of Global Government Affairs | March 2017 - PRESENT
  • Aloetree, Founder
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