Aniisu K. Verghese Ph.D.
Aniisu is an award-winning internal communications leader, author, speaker, trainer, researcher and blogger with over 22 years of experience. A Public Relations Council of India’s Hall of Fame winner (2015), he is the author of Internal Communications – Insights, Practices and Models and is passionate about engaging communicators, academia and students through workshops, speaking engagements, teaching assignments and blogging. Aniisu started India's first blog on internal communications - Intraskope (www.aniisu.com) in 2006 to share tips, practices and insights with practitioners.
He currently serves as the Director of Corporate Communications at a leading travel technology firm, Sabre Corporation where he leads the brand and reputational initiatives to further the India capability center’s ambition to scale innovation and drive business value. 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 before specializing in employee communications with organizations such as Accenture, Fidelity Investments, Sapient and Tesco. He has managed cross-functional and cross-cultural programs and teams during his tenure. A mentor for students and communication professionals, Aniisu has designed and taught the corporate communications course at leading B-schools such as Indian Institute of Management as an adjunct faculty and guest lecturer.
Aniisu served on the international editorial panel for IABC’s global publication - Communication World, was an elite panelist for the Asia Pacific 2012 IABC Gold Quill Awards and served as a Chapter Board member (India South) between 2010 and 2017. His thought leadership content is published in leading print and online media including the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Melcrum, Simply Communicate (UK), Institute for Public Relations, Shared Services and Outsourcing Network, Wall Street Journal (US), and Business World, The Economic Times and The Hindu Business Line (India). He has spoken at management conferences on 4 continents: 2011 IABC World Conference (United States), 2015 Internal Communications Summit (Australia), APACD Conferences in Hong Kong and Singapore (2015 and 2016 respectively) and the IABC EuroComm Conference, Denmark (2018). He was invited to speak at the IABC Fusion20 Conference, New Zealand (2020).
He has conducted India’s first ever internal communication workshop series, created courses on Udemy to further knowledge sharing in internal communications and personal branding and hosts a long-running Personal Branding, Internal Communications and CSR Communications interview series on YouTube and on his blog.
Aniisu is the founder of the global, road safety campaign and the public interest group – Friends For Life (FFL) in India and was the only Indian to attend the session which preceded World Health Day 2004, dedicated to road safety globally. Download FREE communication kit and use to promote road safety. He won a bronze at the 14th Godfrey Philips Bravery Awards (2005) for his work on road safety. As a Level 6 Google Local Guide, Aniisu is supportive of local businesses and attractions making it simpler and easier for people to get the best experiences.
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 holds a PhD in organizational communications from Alliance University, India and has contributed to research journals and book chapters. He currently likes in Bengaluru with his family – his wife Wilmmaa and son Aadvay. More information on his work is on his blog www.aniisu.com