Anil Pereira (BMgt ’87)
“For me, to shine means to shed light as a leader on the boundless opportunities that exist in business and in life. To give 100% in everything you do and pay back your good fortune whenever possible — and to inspire others to do the same. To leave this world better than you entered it.”
As a highly respected Silicon Valley entrepreneur, executive and advisor, Anil Pereira (BMgt ’87) has a unique vantage point on tomorrow’s technology and business landscape. The founder and CEO of multiple startups, and former executive at VeriSign and American Express, Anil now spends his time advising a select group of high-profile, early-stage ventures on multiple continents. As such, he has a glimpse into the future like few others — and it’s a vision he’s sharing with today’s students at the University of Lethbridge. In addition to serving as the senior advisor for the U of L’s new AGILITY innovation and entrepreneurship program, Anil makes his way back to campus each semester to connect with students as an executive in residence in the Faculty of Management. He brings with him decades of industry experience and connections, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and the latest innovations (like the virtual reality device he’s been demonstrating in student-oriented workshops).
“I’m thrilled to be part of the U of L’s journey to build a true destination university for the 21st century,” says Anil. “A lot has changed since I graduated 25-plus years ago. The Faculty of Management is thriving with engaged and enthusiastic students and AGILITY is destined to become part of the new fabric of the University. It builds upon the U of L’s liberal-education foundation by integrating innovation into programming across disciplines, helping students scale to new heights by preparing them for careers of the future.”