H.C. Aneja Served Profession with Distinction
It is with sadness that The IIA notes the passing of a member of our global family.
Hari Chand Aneja, a distinguished leader serving the internal audit profession for nearly 40 years, died recently at the age of 95.
Mr. Aneja was instrumental in the formation of IIA-India. As a founding member of the IIA Bombay Chapter, he eventually rose to become IIA-India President in 1981. In 2000, Mr. Aneja was presented with the “Life Time Service Award” by IIA-India in recognition of his commitment to the profession. He received his CIA certification in 1973.
At the time of his retirement in 1991, Mr. Aneja was head of Internal Audit of the Bajaj Group, one of the largest industrial groups in India.
Born in rural Pakistan in 1921, Mr. Aneja arrived in India after the partition in 1947. In addition to his internal audit career, Mr. Aneja became a regular contributor to the opinion pages of The National, a media outlet in the Middle East. In an article about Mr. Aneja’s passing, The National noted that his columns were “full of recollections from the pre-war and pre-Partition era, making him a unique and engaging voice” who was known to readers as a “perceptive commentator on south Asian history and current affairs.”
Mr. Aneja’s son Naren and granddaughter Aanchal are also Certified Internal Auditors.
Naren Aneja, who is Chief Executive of Aneja Associates and serves on The IIA’s Global Board of Directors and Advocacy and Finance committees, said of his father, “He has mentored over a thousand professionals in the field of internal audit. He leaves behind a profound legacy of professionalism, integrity and compassion. Throughout his career, he kept a quote on his table, which read, ‘There can be no truth where there is no courage.’”