Anu Giri

Anu is currently Head of Business & Operations at BFI London Film Festival which features over 600 screenings and events to an annual audience of 200,000. She leads on strategic business development, finance and operations. Prior to this she was Executive Director at Dance Umbrella, international contemporary dance festival and was responsible for finance and business development; Co-Director of English National Ballet School where she led on developed the ‘My First’ series of children’s ballets in partnership with English National Ballet and set up ENBS Juniors – high quality children’s ballet classes across 3 London boroughs.

Anu spent 10 years at Arts Council England and was Head of Dance from 2003 – 2010. Before this, she was General Manager at Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Education Administrator at Birmingham Royal Ballet; managed small-scale dance companies Chitraleka and Company and Claire Russ Ensemble and was Projects Administrator at Dance 4, National Dance Agency.

Anu also works in a freelance capacity supporting dance artists and organisations with business development and fundraising. Clients have included: British Council, Clore Leadership Programme, ZooNation Dance Company.

Anu co-presented Network East for BBC2, trained in Indian Classical Dance and has a BA in Drama and a Diploma in Management and currently is Chair of Aakash Odedra Company and Board member of One Dance UK.