Santhirasthipam, Anusha

President & CEO, Buddi Tree Pte Ltd, Soroptimist International South West Pacific, Malaysia

Anusha Santhirasthipam is President & CEO of BUDDI TREE Pte Ltd, an international consultancy specializing in Government relations and lobbying, branding, perception management and crisis mediation. She is a corporate lawyer and international business mediator trained in the U.K and Canada. She has an extensive career spanning 33 years comprising of law practice, investment banking, investor relations, mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring.

She is recognized expert in investor relations and corporate governance in South East Asia and an accredited expert trainer for Stock Exchanges and Government agencies. She has trained and coached more than 2000 CEOs and Company Directors from more than 400 public-listed companies.

She was the International Assistant Programme Director of Soroptimist International from 2011-2013. She was primarily responsible for raising the international profile and global impact of SI through social media and international relations. She provided strategic direction on advocacy and lobbying to SI's UN representatives and led SI delegations to UN Summits to lobby Government leaders and advocate for law reforms and policy changes to ensure equal rights and empowerment of women and girls.

She has been an advocate and social activist championing the rights of women and girls for the past 30 years. In 2001, she was awarded the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (D.I.M.P) for distinguished service to her nation Malaysia and carries the honourable title of "Dato". She is currently Chairman of Soroptimist Foundation Malaysia and is the incoming President Elect of Soroptimist International Federation of South West Pacific (2016-2018).