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Women Speakers

Naina Lal Kidwai


Naina Lal Kidwai is Additional Director and senior Advisor Rothschild India, senior Advisor Advent International and; a non executive director on the boards of Holcim, Max Financial Services, CIPLA, Nayara Energy, Gland Pharma and UPL; and Past President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry(FICCI). She retired on December 2015 as Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia Pacific and Chairman HSBC India, and in April 2018 as Non Executive director on the global board of Nestle.

She chairs the Financial Services Working  Group of the BRICs Business Council and is a member  the INDO-ASEAN Business Council. She is also a member of the Army Group Insurance Fund’s investment advisory committee, Harvard Business School’s South Asia Advisory Board, Standard Chartered Bank’s  International Advisory Council, The Mission board of EQT Future Fund, India Advisory Council of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and Trustee of Asia House in the UK.

An MBA from Harvard Business School, she makes regular appearance on listings by Fortune and others of international women in business. A recipient of many awards and honours, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contribution to Trade and Industry. She has published several articles in mainline dailies and has authored 3 books, “Survive Or Sink - An Action Agenda for Sanitation, Water, Pollution and Green Finance”, “Contemporary Banking in India” and “30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories.”

Her interests in Water, Sanitation and the environment and empowerment of women are reflected in her engagements at Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, International Advisory Council of the Inquiry of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Commissioner for the Global Commission on Economy & Climate, Advisory Board Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Rockfeller Foundation Economic Council for Planetary Health, Chair of FICCI’s Water Mission and founder and Chair of the India Sanitation Coalition.

She has been a member of the Government of India’s Industry Task Force, the Prime Minister’s Trade and Industry Council, the National Manufacturing Council, the National Trade Council, and on the Working Group on Banking, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission and the National Institute of Bank Management.



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