Naina Lal Kidwai is Chairman, Max Financial Services and
Advent Private Equity. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the global board
of Nestle, CIPLA Ltd and Larsen and Toubro and has been Past President of FICCI
(Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry). She retired on
December 2015 as Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia Pacific and
Chairman HSBC India.
An alumni of Harvard Business School, is a regularly listed
on leading international women in business list by Fortune. She was awarded the
Padma Shri for her contribution to Trade and Industry, from Government of India
in 2007 She has received many awards and honours in India and was. She has
edited two books “Contemporary Banking in India” and “30 Women in Power: Their
Voices, Their Stories.”
She is one of the Government of India’s representatives on
the BRICs Business Council where she has chaired the financial services working
group, the INDO-ASEAN Business Council and the India Malaysia CEO Forum. She is
also on the Advisory Board of ICRIER, member of Rajasthan Chief Minister’s
Advisory Council and investment advisory committee member of the Army Group
Insurance Fund. She is on the Governing Board of Lady Shriram College and
member of the Oxford University India Centre Advisory Board, Harvard Business
School South Asia Advisory Board and The Rockefeller Foundation Economic
Council on Planetary Health. 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.
Naina is an active philanthropist as well. She is in board
positions for not-for-profit institutions like 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 and India Sanitation
Her main topics are women empowerment through livelihood and
wild life conservation. She is very sharp, engaging and inspiring in her talks.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.