Anu Aga: Investing in the livingPosted on 21/3/12
Anu Aga speaks candidly about managing personal egos, making life changes, and living and learning from death. Her humility and honest appraisal of her weaknesses are inspirational, and her bravery in the face of personal tragedy is instructional. Aga was Director and former Chairperson of Thermax, and steered Thermax to success for 15 years. With a standing ovation from the audience, Aga's life introspective is not to be missed.
About the Speaker
Director, Thermax Limited
Ms. Anu Aga is on the Board of Thermax Limited, the leading Indian player in energy and environment management. She retired as Chairperson of the company in October, 2004.
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 in the U.S.
Mrs. Aga has been very active in various national and local associations like Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and had served as the Chairperson of CII’s Western Region. She has written extensively and given talks on the subjects of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, role of women and education.
Mrs. Aga is the Chairperson of the Thermax Social Initiative Foundation (TSIF) which runs the CSR activities of Thermax. Along with Akanksha, TSIF has signed a MOU to support three municipal schools in Pune. She is also closely associated with the Teach for India Initiative which attempts bridging the inequity gap in education. She is keenly involved in the causes of communal harmony and human rights, especially women and children.
After the sudden death of my husband, the Board appointed me as the Executive Chairperson of the Company. I felt very inadequate to accept this responsibility and kept telling myself that I did not deserve this position.
The journey that helped me very significantly was attending a Buddhist meditation programme called Vipassana. It helped me to confront my self-doubts and get in touch with my inner strength and centeredness. It also helped me in coming to terms with death. I have gained inner peace and learnt to be equanimous.
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