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Anu Shah

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Anu Shah
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Born21 August 1986
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
🏳️ NationalityIndian
🏫 EducationSardar Patel University, University Of Leeds, German Graduate School of Law and Management, Harvard University
💼 Occupation
Entrepreneur and Investor
Known forFounder of EFIHub[1], CEO of Ushift Rocket Internet[2]
💰 Net worthUS$15 Million
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Anu Shah (born 1986) is a women entrepreneur well known for her start-up EFIHub[3] focussed around social causes in Africa and her tenure as CEO of Rocket Internet startup Ushift. She has been recognized by some prominent institutions for her role as a founder who cares about a social cause and donated $7 Million, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of her first startup EFI Hub for the Congolese and Burundian refugee rehabilitation programs in Rwanda. Shah is a Harvard alumnus who has an interesting history of working in multiple industries and domains in her career span of 12 years.

Career[edit]

After graduating from Sardar Patel University in Gujarat, at an age of 21 Anu Shah started her career in a customer service call center in India. Her first real job was working for Faber Castell as a B2B field sales representative in Mumbai. She eventually went on for her post graduation from the University of Leeds and German Graduate School of Law and Management and worked as an M&A associate at Ernst & Young in Singapore. Later she worked at A.T.Kearney as a Management Consultant in Dubai and Private Equity Professional at Acorn Capital in London. In 2019, A.T.Kearney featured Anu Shah in the list of their most prominent alumni. [4]

While studying at Harvard University Anu Shah became an entrepreneur and started her first company, EFI Hub, a startup accelerator in East Africa. In 2018, EFI Hub was acquired by Acorn Capital for $10Mn[5][6]. She eventually built two more startups - Ushift Pte Ltd in South East Asia. Ushift was sold for an undisclosed amount to a Middle Eastern conglomerate. In 2018, Anu started another HR tech platform Resume Ranks based in New York City[7]. In February 2019, Resume Ranks raised $10mn in series A from Acorn Capital to expand its footprint in South East Asia.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Woman Icon Asia 2018[8]
  • The Inspiring Achiever 2018 - New York
  • Honored by President of Rwanda (Paul Kagame) in 2017 for Impact in Entrepreneurial space in East Africa

Guest Speaker Engagement[edit]

  • Guest speaker at French Chamber of Commerce (2018)
  • Guest speaker at INSEAD (France) – lectured MBA students on Entrepreneurship & Gig Economy
  • Guest contributor at CNBC (Africa) and Business World (India)[9]

Volunteer Work and Philanthropy[edit]

  • Advisor to the core team at the UN through the office of UN Assistant Secretary-General on Youth Gender Equality and UN Commission on Status of Women in the developing and frontier markets of the world[10]
  • Served on the Leadership Committee of American India Foundation (established in 2001 by Bill Clinton)
  • Donated $7Mn, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of her first startup EFI Hub for the Congolese and Burundian refugee rehabilitation programs in Rwanda

References[edit]

  1. Priyanka Pani. "Indian entrepreneurs plan to replicate Silicon Valley model in developing countries". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  2. "Raising Funds as a Female CEO of a Tech Startup". Business World Disrupt. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  3. BW Online Bureau. "EFI Hub Raising Funds to Empower Entrepreneurs in Ways VCs Don't/Won't". BW Disrupt. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  4. "Alumni Profile". AT Kearney.
  5. "UK's Acorn Capital takes over startup incubator EFI Hub". Asian Voice. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  6. "UK-based Acorn Capital buys Africa-focussed startup incubator EFI Hub". Deal Street Asia. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  7. "US-based HR tech startup Resume Ranks to raise $10m for SE Asia expansion". Deal Street Asia. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  8. "Women in Leadership". Asia Biz Today. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  9. "Start-up seeks to be a one-stop solution for entrepreneurs in Africa". CNBC Africa. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  10. "Anu Shah of EFI Hub on how new entrepreneurship initiative can help spur gender parity in Africa". CNBC Africa. Retrieved 13 January 2020.


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