Anji Sandhu

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Born (1978-05-09) May 9, 1978 (age 45)
Alma mater
  • Strathclyde University
  • London School of Economics
  • Glasgow University Law School

Anji Sandhu (born May 9, 1978) is a British entrepreneur of Indian descent, distinguished in campaigns,product design, commercialization, operations and sales. Recognized for her pioneering app tailored for women and gender-diverse individuals battling Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which was called ‘revolutionary’ by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) and for her global campaign for raising awareness of PCOS and national campaign for raising awareness of dyslexia after the pandemic.


Sandhu spearheaded the worldwide campaign ‘Unlipping PCOS: Let’s Talk About It’, dedicated to amplifying awareness on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Drawing inspiration from the cultural norm of keeping a stiff upper lip, this campaign aims to break silence barriers, having already reached over a million individuals. Notably, it stands as the inaugural global initiative aligning with the UNSDGs to spotlight PCOS, garnering backing from figures such as Lord McConnell, Cherie Blair K.C., Kirsten Oswald MP, Neil Bibby MSP, and Paul O’Kane MSP. Moreover, Sandhu launched a nationwide campaign post-pandemic to encourage dyslexia testing, branded ‘One in ten people have Dyslexia. Have you been tested?’.


Branching into the realm of medicine, Sandhu has innovated a fresh storytelling genre known as 'medostories'. These short films, crafted for medical professionals, spotlight the narratives of women and serve as educative tools. Sandhu's proficiency in acting and public speaking is underscored by her Gold Medal accolade from LAMDA.


Prior to this, Sandhu trained in Economics (Strath), MSc (Res) in Economic History (LSE) and International Law and Security (Glasgow).Prior to this she was a Development Economist and worked in the geographical area of East Africa.Based on her post-graduate research, she wrote a script for the film ‘Rwanda’.In her role, she worked for several Governments: Dept. for Education and Skills, the Cabinet Office programme. She worked as an Economist for the Office of the Chief Economist in Edinburgh. In Washington DC, she worked for Sen. Ted Kennedy, U.S. Senate and then the Congressional Research Services (CRS) where she wrote papers including the co-authored book ‘Developing Countries: Definition, Concepts and Comparisons’ which is used as a handbook by the U.S. Government to this day. Earlier in her career, she worked at UNDP (Rwanda) where she advanced the project on Small Arms and Light Weapons for fund mobilisation alongside government officials. She was the focal point in Rwanda for the UNDP/UNEP study on the post-conflict impact of the genocide on the environment and provided in-depth briefings to the Head of UNDP. In addition, she undertook a short policy-based demographic study.

She worked for the President of Rwanda as a Visiting Researcher and Policy Analyst. She produced six sector assessments in one year. Her research in tea and coffee was incorporated into export strategies for the two sectors which are Rwanda’s principal foreign exchange earners. In addition, she worked with policymakers in Rwanda’s government ministries and excelled at making evidence-based policy. Finally, she coached Rwandan teams of data collectors and policy analysts.


Dollarisation in Ecuador: A Good Idea?

CRS (internal) Dec 1 2008

J E Sanford and Anjula Sandhu (2003) Developing Countries – Definitions, Concepts and Comparisons. Novinka. Washington D.C. ISBN 9781590337509. Also available as a paper, published CRS, RL31662.

J Bockman, M Marshall, S Hildreth, A Sandhu (October 16 2002) Iraq: Differing Views in the Domestic Policy Debate (published CRS, RL31607).

Contributed to ‘U.S. Trade and Economic Relationships with Africa: AGOA and Beyond’ CRS Report for Congress, Library of Congress, published in Washington D.C, 2002 and 2003.

Contributed to ‘Foreign Support for the U.S. War on Terrorism’ CRS Report for Congress, published in Washington DC 2002.

Contributed to ‘Domestic Security and Intelligence Agencies in Selected Democracies’ CRS Report for Congress, Library of Congress, published in Washington D.C, 2002 and 2003.

‘Developed Countries: Definitions, Concepts’ was turned into a book and is used as a handbook and reference book by the US Government to this day.

March 2002

Appeared in US News and World Report


Sandhu studied Economics at Strathclyde Business School (SBS) at Strathclyde University (1999),London School of Economics (2012) and Glasgow University Law School (2020).


Sandhu was nominated as World Changing Alumni Award Nomination (2022) at Glasgow University. During her time at the University, she also received the following recognition and awards :

- Investing Women Finalist - Santander Summer Companies Award - SIE (Healthcare Award) - Runner Up, Glasgow University Pitching Prize - 3rd Prize Big Ideas Competition, Glasgow University - Student Award Scottish Student Innovation Award (Level 2) - Student Award Scottish Student Innovation Award (Level 3) Innovation Champion. - Coats Foundation Financial Award - Margaret Fleming Financial Award


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