Triathlete, Entrepreneur and Author
Anu Vaidyanathan is an award-winning endurance athlete representing India in long-course triathlon. She is the first Asian, male or female, to have competed in the Ultraman Canada triathlon with a 10km swim, 420km bike and an 84.4km run, placing 6th, being the youngest finisher that year. She backed this up with Ironman Canada, three weeks later, becoming the only athlete to do so in the history of the race. Triathlon is an arduous sport involving swimming, cycling and running.
Anu specialises in the half- Ironman (1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21.2K run) and Ironman length (3.8K swim, 180K bike, 42.2K run) events, which are amongst the most difficult, single-day endurance events in the world. Having competed all over the world, Anu Vaidyanathan is also the only Indian triathlete to have qualified for the 70.3 Half-Ironman World Championship.
Besides being an award-winning athlete, Anu is an entrepreneur, a sought-after speaker at forums on Sport, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership and the Founder ofPatNMarks, an Intellectual Property Consulting Firm. Anu received her PhD in Electrical Engineering at UC Canterbury setting the Department and University record in 26 months, shortly after her Ultraman placing. She has been affiliated with both the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad teaching courses in Computer Architecture, Innovation and Business Policy.
Anu is regularly featured in the world’s best print and television media in the Sport, Lifestyle, Business and Women’s segments including Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire, Triathlete Magazine, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Times of India, NDTV, CNN and prominent radio channels. She is also a new mom and author, whose first book on sport entitled ‘Anywhere But Home’ is now available to readers everywhere.
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Having delivered talks at several critically acclaimed forums, Anu Vaidyanathan’s experiences in sport, entrepreneurship and teaching at the Indian Institute of Management form the perfect backdrop for workshops, lectures and seminars. Typically addressing topics around Ethics, Sport, High-Performance, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Engineering, Leadership, Productivity, Education, Diversity and Women, Dr. Vaidyanathan has addressed several organisations, including Fortune 100 companies, Sporting Teams, Universities and Schools.