Staff Profile: Subra Ananthram

Name: Subra Ananthram
My family members call me Ajay, my school friends (in Mumbai, India) call me Subbu and my uni friends (in Mumbai, India) call me Ramu. My wife gets confused sometimes 🙂

How long have you worked at Curtin? 17 years and counting – only another 30 to go!

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
Various accounting, taxation and audit (b-o-r-i-n-g) firms in Mumbai, India.

What do you like best about your role?
The opportunity to inspire and influence generations of diverse students and to learn from them. It’s the one thing from my current role I would want to continue even if I am the sole winner of the $20M jackpot this Saturday.

Why did you choose your current career path?
The intrinsic satisfaction as an academic far far far outweighs the $1M salary I would currently be earning as a senior executive @ HSBC 🙂

First job?
Apprentice at an accounting/auditing firm in Mumbai, India when I was 18. Was tasked with statutory audit responsibilities at the Forex department at Citibank in Mumbai.

Worst job?
My second job at a tax audit firm in Mumbai, India when I was 19. Who in their right mind thinks tax audit is fun?

What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
Most interesting project – investigating how firms challenged with ordinary resources do extraordinary things.
Most important project – being an engaged dad to my six year old girl Maya and two year old boy Anay. Guess which one is more challenging?

Your favourite place in the world and why?
Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe in Japan in spring during the cherry blossom (sakura) season. The scenery is breathtaking, the food and sake is to die for and the general vibe during the sakura season is one of peace and harmony. I have a few sakura trees at home and they are just starting to bloom indicating that spring is round the corner in Perth. It is magical 🙂

Your favourite cuisine and why?
Indo-Chinese fusion food which is hot and spicy. I am an adventurous foodie and will try anything! Well almost – I refused snake wine in Vietnam – the snake was still in the bottle!.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Beat cold with cold. Icecream > Panadol.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know…
My right foot is two shoe sizes larger than my left foot but I would look silly in a size 10 on my right and a size 8 on my left. So I go with a size 10 on both which means I have to wear multiple pairs of socks on my left foot while playing sport to keep it snug. Imagine passing my left shoe instead of the ball @ soccer or serving the left shoe instead of the ball @ tennis? Unless you had a shoe fetish of course, but lets not go there…