Biography

Aniisu K. Verghese is an internal communication expert, author and consultant and has over eighteen years of experience in the evolving internal communications and social media domains with leading retail, IT, financial services and consulting organizations. Aniisu is the author of - Internal Communications - Insights, Practices and Models (Sage Publications, 2012). He currently serves as the Corporate Communications and CSR Lead for Tesco Bengaluru, the technology and operations team of Tesco, one of the world’s largest retailers. He is the recipient of the 2015 PR Hall of Fame Award at the 9th Global Communication Conclave of the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).

In his earlier assignments at Fidelity, Accenture and i-flex solutions he managed employee communication, including corporate intranets, company employee newsletters, senior leadership coaching, internal brand campaigns as well as corporate social responsibility communication that improved employee engagement. Aniisu often shares expert media commentary and perspectives on careers, culture, social media, employee and leadership communications.

Aniisu began his career as a brand executive with Leo Burnett, Bangladesh and Saatchi & Saatchi, India creatively contributing to the growth of the Nestle, British American Tobacco, BPL and Tata Tea accounts. He blogs India's and Asia's first dialogue on internal communication - Intraskope (www.intraskope.wordpress.com) which has been featured in global publications such as Melcrum and Simply Communicate.

He is often invited to speak at management forums such as the 2016 and 2015 Asia Pacific Communications Summit, 2015 ARK Group’s Internal Communication Summit, Melbourne – Australia and the 2011 World International Association of Business Communicators, San Diego, US. He shares management advice through practical training programs on subjects like corporate etiquette, business communication, social networking, career planning and internal branding. He conducts India's first ever internal communication workshop series - Internal Communications 401, Internal Communications 301, Internal Communications 201, Internal Communications 101.

Aniisu is the founder of the global, road safety campaign and the public interest group - Friends For Life (FFL) in India. The World Health Organization invited FFL for a NGO consultative meet in Geneva, Switzerland in September 2003. Aniisu was the only Indian to attend the session which preceded World Health Day 2004, dedicated to road safety globally. He won a bronze at the 14th Godfrey Philips Bravery Awards (2005) for his work on road safety.

He regularly contributes thought leadership articles for management publications such as Melcrum, Simply-Communicate and the Journal of Internal Communications. He has authored papers on internal communications, cause-related marketing and road safety that has received a favorable response from various international forums.

Aniisu serves on the international editorial panel for IABC's global publication - Communication World and was an elite panelist who evaluated and shortlisted Asia Pacific entries for the 2012 International Association of Business Communicator's Gold Quill Awards.

Aniisu scored 8 out of 9 in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Training Test taken in April 2013. IELTS tests the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English. The mean band score for candidates taking the test from most frequent countries or regions in General Training is 6.1 (India) and United States of America (8).

He has a postgraduate certificate in Business Administration.