Ani is a co-creator of success stories: for people, businesses and platforms who are seeking to thrive. A business & community leader, with more than 30 years of international career, Ani is engaged in a number of public-private initiatives in Tech, Entrepreneurship and Art.
Ani was born in Mumbai, India, and worked as an IT consultant to many large companies, winning a number of awards and accolades. He rose to VP at ABM Knowledgeware Ltd, a market leading e-Governance solutions company, where he worked closely with businesses, politicians and the media. He created pioneering transformation programmes and influenced policy changes in government automation before coming to the UK in 2004.
In the UK, he led large change/IT programmes for public and private sector enterprises such as Mastek, Capita, HBoS, Lloyds and LeasePlan, amongst others, before setting up his coaching and mentoring practice, Banyan Tree Answers Ltd. He is a Certified NLP Master Practitioner and a member of protégé program at The Coaching Academy, UK. Ani is also a coach on QUBE, the VR learning and working environment at Pentacle, the Virtual Business School.
Ani brings his core values of curiosity, compassion, and gratitude into his coaching sessions, and in doing so, sparks a change quite unlike any other executive coach. Clients say that his humility, gentleness, and genuine interest in people makes it very easy to connect with and trust him. His warmth and compassion helps them relax and open up to examining issues that may be holding them back. Ani is particularly skilled in showing that answers lie within, and his purpose as a coach is to teach ways to set those solutions free.
Banyan Tree Answers is Ani’s online version of the Indian banyan tree – a place where people come to reflect, debate, explore life, and to learn. As a child, he would sit contemplatively beneath a real banyan tree, and he aims to create a similar peaceful space for his clients’ reflective self discovery. The associated Facebook page has nearly a million subscribers and Ani’s book of insights is available on Amazon.
Ani is a poet, story teller and trained in theatre and film-craft. He is trained as a method actor on stage and TV. The skills that helped him get under the skin of a role now help him empathise with his clients’ situations.
Ani is cofounder of a community based business networking group – OMPEG – which promotes entrepreneurship. Ani volunteers with QUEST, an Indian NGO dedicated to transforming primary education in India.
Ani lives in Manchester with his wife, Beth, Leila the cat, Promise the horse, and a colony of rabbits.