Naina Lal Kidwai - Profile
Ace banker Naina Lal Kidwai is recognized as one of India's most renowned women Business Leaders. Naina Lal Kidwai ranked 34th in the list of world's top 50 businesswomen announced by the Wall Street Journal in November 2004.
Naina Lal Kidwai has several firsts to her name. She was the first Indian woman to get an MBA from Harvard in 1982, In her personal life, she was the first woman from her extended family to take up a job. In school, she was class captain, house captain and head girl and also secretary and president of the student union at Lady Shri Ram College, where she studied Economics. Naina was also the first woman president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Naina Lal Kidwai is An MBA from Harvard Business School, and makes regular appearance on listings by Fortune since 2002 and others of international women in business. In the year 2000, the Fortune magazine declared her as the ‘Third Most Powerful Businesswoman’ in Asia. In 2002, Time magazine selected her as one of the ‘15 Most-Promising Young Executives ‘She has ranked in the Fortune global list of Top Women in Business, 12th in the Wall Street Journal 2006 and Financial Times Global Listing of Women to Watch.
She was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to Trade and Industry, from Government of India in 2007. She has edited two books “Contemporary Banking in India” and “30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories.”
Currently Naina Lal Kidwai is the Chairman of Max Financial Services and Advent Private Equity . She also serves as the Non-executive Director on the board of Nestle, SA. She is the Chairwoman of City of London’s Advisory Council for India. She is a Global Advisor at Harvard Business School. She is a member of Governing Board of NCAER, Audit Advisory Board of Controller and Auditor General of India.
Her interests in water and the environment are reflected in her engagements with The Shakti Sustain- able Energy Foundation, Global Commission on Economy & Climate, and Chair of the FICCI Sustainability, Energy and Water Council as well as Chair of the India Sanitation Coalition and has authored 3 books including the bestsellers “30 women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories” and “Survive Or Sink: An Action Agenda for Sanitation, Water, Pollution, and Green Finance”.
These days, however, she works for causes closer to her heart: environment, sanitation, access to water and women’s empowerment, to name a few.
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