In conversation with Anu Shah (MBA 2012) - successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and advocate for gender parity

We are delighted to invite students and staff to join James Roberts, MBA Director, Leeds University Business School as he interviews alumna, Anu Shah (MBA 2012).

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Anu Shah was recently announced as the Global Entrepreneur Winner in the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards 2021. Studying at the University of Leeds played a decisive role in Anu’s success as an entrepreneur. The MBA programme helped to develop her organisational and managerial skills, which proved instrumental in setting up her businesses, while being part of a global and diverse community inspired her to create lasting social change. Join us on campus for this interview.


10:00 hrs:   Welcome from Julia Bennell, Executive Dean
                    James Roberts and Anu Shah interview, followed by Q&A
                    Room 1.01 LT, Esther Simpson Building

11:00 hrs:   Networking and refreshments
                   First floor social space/corridor area, Esther Simpson Building

12:00 hrs:   Close

Places are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. For further information please contact Gemma Lee at

About the speaker:

Anu Shah is a globally successful entrepreneur and a powerful advocate for gender parity through entrepreneurship and innovation. Her career journey has been remarkable; after starting out in a call centre in India she went on to work in M&A, Strategy Consulting, Private Equity across Singapore, Dubai, London, and New York. Anu is the founder of EFI Hub, Asia and Africa’s first virtual start-up accelerator, which was acquired by Acorn Capital in 2018. Since then she has built and sold startups in the HR Tech space in South East Asia and in the United States. In 2020, Anu joined as a Venture Partner at San Francisco-based OpenBook Ventures, a $100mn Venture Partner fund started by the founder and CEO of GitLab. She is passionate about giving back to society and has donated 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of her start-ups to philanthropic causes. Anu has been recognised with numerous awards, including the Woman Icon Asia Award in 2018, and India Business Legend, Forbes India.