Naina Lal Kidwai

Naina Lal Kidwai

Independent Director

Naina Lal Kidwai is Chairman, Max Financial Services and Advent Private Equity; a Non-Executive Director on the boards of CIPLA Ltd, Essar Oil and Altico;  and has been Past President of FICCI. She retired on December 2015 as Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia Pacific and Chairman HSBC India. 

An MBA from Harvard Business School, she makes a regular appearance on listings by Fortune and others of international women in business. A recipient of many awards and honors in India, she was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to Trade and Industry. She 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 and the environment and empowerment of women are reflected in her board positions of 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 Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council for Planetary Health, Chair of FICCI’s Sustainability, Energy and Water Council and Chair of the India Sanitation Coalition. 

She is one of the Government of India’s representatives on the BRICs Business Council and the INDO-ASEAN Business Council.  She is also on the Advisory Board of ICRIER, the Rajasthan Chief Minister’s Advisory Council, the investment advisory committee of the Army Group Insurance Fund and on the Governing Board of Lady Shriram College and  Harvard Business School South Asia Advisory Board. 

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. 

She joined the Board of the Company on March 1, 2016

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