Anu Aga : A leader for the women of India
Arnavaz (Anu) Aga :pune
Anu Aga was born in Bombay, India on 3rd August 1942. She began her industry career in Thermax in 1985 .
one of the three women in India’s top 20 Billionaire Club Anu Aga, taking over as chairperson of engineering major Thermax in 1996 has been a baptism by fire. She had big shoes to fill, those of her husband Rohinton Aga, who set up Thermax as a small boiler company in the eighties and built it into a leader in engineering solutions in energy and environment. She took over at a difficult time, just as an economic slowdown was beginning to set in. This meant taking tough decisions like exiting non-core business and laying off employees – initiatives that are now beginning to pay off. She later gave up her executive position to a professional management and became Non-Executive Chairperson. In five short years, she has turned Thermax around completely.
A little known fact is that the group was previously called Wanson Engineering and was actually founded by Ms. Aga’s father. It was only after her marriage to Rohinton Aga that the group was renamed Thermax. She has done her BA in Economics and holds a post graduate degree in medical and psychiatric social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). She was selected for the Fullbright Scholarship for social workers to study for four months in the U.S.
Ms. Aga is keenly involved in the causes of communal harmony and human rights, especially women and children. She is a Member of the Commonwealth Human Rights Commission.
She also supports various organizations that promote education, in particular of underprivileged children from slums. She has started Centres for slum children in Pune with the help of an NGO from Mumbai called Akanksha, which means hope.