Anu Aga

Anu Aga

Personal details

Born  :   3 August 1942 (age 73) Mumbai, India

Nationality  :    Indian

Residence  :    Pune, India

Alma mater :  St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Occupation  :  Ex-Chairperson, Thermax Ltd., social worker

Anu Aga is an Indian businesswoman and social worker, who led Thermax Ltd., the Rs. 32.46 billion (US$480 million) energy and environment engineering business, as its chairperson 1996–2004. She had figured among the eight richest Indian women, and in 2007 was part of 40 Richest Indians by net worth according to Forbes magazine. She was awarded with the Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ALL Ladies League, the all ladies wing of Assocham.

After retiring from Thermax, she took to social work, and in 2010 she was awarded the Padma Shri for Social Work by the Government of India. She is currently Chairperson of Teach for India. She was nominated to Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament on 26 April 2012, by President Pratibha Patil.

Anu Aga was born in an upper middle-class Parsi family in Mumbai. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and with a post graduation in medical and psychiatric social work from the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She had also been a Fulbright Scholar and studied in the United States for four months.

Anu was married to Rohinton Aga, a graduate from the Harvard Business School and gave birth to daughter Meher and son Kurush. Rohinton died in 1996 of massive stroke, and a little over a year later, her son Kurush died at the age of 25 years. Today, Arnavaz ‘Anu’ Aga lives in Pune, Maharashtra

Her daughter, Meher Pudumjee is the current Chairperson of Thermax, taking over from her mother in 2004. She is a post graduate in chemical engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London and joined Thermax in September 1990, and is also a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Family Business Forum and the Young Indians (YI).

Anu Aga is an Indian businesswoman and social worker, who led Thermax Ltd., the Rs. 32.46 billion (US$480 million) energy and environment engineering business, as its chairperson 1996–2004. She had figured among the eight richest Indian women, and in 2007 was part of 40 Richest Indians by net worth according to Forbes magazine. She was awarded with the Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ALL Ladies League, the all ladies wing of Assocham.

After retiring from Thermax, she took to social work, and in 2010 she was awarded the Padma Shri for Social Work by the Government of India. She is currently Chairperson of Teach for India. She was nominated to Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament on 26 April 2012, by President Pratibha Patil.

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