Ms Anis graduated from West Virginia University (WVU) with a Master of Arts in World Languages, Literature and Linguistics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with the Middle East and Africa as her area of expertise. While pursuing her bachelor's degree, she was President of the WVU Arabic Studies Club and studied abroad in Amman, Jordan. She also served as a teaching assistant to the university's Head of Arabic Programme.
Ms Anis has a diverse range of interests. She has been involved in research projects on literature and linguistics in Australasia and the Middle East, as well as having written on Southeast Asian politics and the South China Sea dispute.
She is on secondment from YB Foreign Minister's Office and will be attached to the Chief Executive's Office.