Anju is the head of the Corporate services team. She has 23 years of experience in providing statutory secretarial services, transfer secretarial services, board secretarial services, consultancy services on company law and corporate governance. Her expertise is in providing services to public listed companies, privately held businesses, SMME and large corporates.
Anju’s areas of specialization include setting up of new businesses in Botswana, assisting corporates in procuring manufacturing and trading licenses, drafting shareholders’ agreements, group restructuring, formation of trusts, assisting clients with succession planning, preparation of will, trade mark registration, accreditation of training programmes, trainers and institutions with Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA).
Anju provides consulting and related services for private placements, listing with Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE), transfer secretarial work, and attending to corporate actions.
Anju acts as a board secretary to corporates and has specialised in preparation of board charters, preparation of minutes of board meetings, assisting listed companies and corporates to comply with corporate governance principles according to King codes and / or BSE listing requirements.
Anju’s passion towards training and development of personnel assisted her to gain substantial experience in recruitment and training of company secretaries, delivering boardroom training and presentations to address regulatory and governance requirements of listed, private, not-for-profit, government and family business clients.
Anju has gained expertise to advise clients on adherence to corporate governance principles, King Codes and acts as board secretary to selected clients. Anju works closely with boards and management teams and is specialised in providing advice to medium to large enterprises to deliver improved governance structure encompassing board structures, skills and assessments, CEO assessments and board performance evaluations.
Anju has several years of acquaintance with the business community in Botswana and is an integral part of the Marketing, Communications and Business Development team of Grant Thornton.
Professional qualifications and memberships
Anju holds a professional degree qualification in Law – LLB from Kerala University, Bachelor in Academic Laws from Kerala University, and is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, South Africa.
Anju has successfully completed the Advanced Managers Training Program offered by Grant Thornton Leadership Institute to high performers and future leaders in 2011.
Anju’s has been a member of the Private Business Growth Awards committee since 2015. Presented in association with Business Botswana and Botswana Investment and Trade Centre(BITC), this initiative is Grant Thornton’s biggest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity that encourages and honours the development of growing private businesses in the country. Anju has also served as a member of the Private Business Growth Awards internal judges’ panel for 2 years in 2015 and 2016.
Anju is a Grant Thornton CSR champion and is involved in various CSR activities of Grant Thornton in Botswana, the latest being Tshwaragano Primary School adopted in line with the “Adopt a school” program.
In her personal capacity, Anju is a member of the Board of Trustee of Childline Botswana and actively participates in its fundraising activities. Anju is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of Childline Botswana and has assisted Childline Botswana to streamline activities and set internal controls its operations.
Anju is a member of the advisory committee of Boitumelo Foundation, a Charitable Trust formed in 2016 to support deserving community development efforts in Botswana undertaken by charitable institutions, government initiatives and other not for profit organisations.
Anju is a frequent blood donor and has donated blood over 20 times in Botswana.
Presentations and publications
Anju has been a member of Grant Thornton’s corporate Toastmasters club since 2014, which has facilitated development of communication and leadership skills.
English, Hindi, Malayalam.
Setswana (completed foundation course).