Aurofilio — known to all as Filio — was born and brought up in Pondicherry of Italian parentage. In love with the sea since childhood, he completed his education at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. An avid swimmer, diver, surfer, and wind-surfer, he decided to combine this love for the sea with his higher education and received a masters in Tropical Coastal management at Newcastle University.
But not being able to stay away too long, he returned to to Pondicherry and continues to live here with his family.
Filio has worked in the field of waste water treatment, and has been engaging with the Puducherry Government for the restoration of the Pondicherry coast since to his dismay he began witnessing Pondicherry’s beautiful beach disappear, with large rocks dumped into its place. In 2007 he co-founded PondyCAN.