Naina Lal Kidwai

Naina Lal Kidwai

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Naina Lal Kidwai

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Naina Lal Kidwai has successfully broken the glass ceiling, with many firsts to her credit – from being the first Indian woman MBA from Harvard Business School to the first woman to head a private sector/foreign bank in India and the first woman to be elected as President of India’s leading national industry association, FICCI, in 86 years. She is Chairman of Advent Private Equity India Advisory board; a Non-Executive Director on the boards of LafargeHolcim, Max Financial Services and CIPLA; India Advisory Council member of the U.S. -India Business Council; and Past Pr...Read More

Naina Lal Kidwai is Chairman Advent Private Equity India Advisory board; a non executive director on the boards of LafargeHolcim, Max Financial Services and CIPLA; Trustee of Asia House in the UK; India Advisory Council member of the U.S. -India Business Council (USIBC); 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.


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 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 chairs the india financial services working if the BRICs Business Council and is a member of the INDO - ASEAN Business Council. She is also a member of the Army Group Insurance Fund the investment advisory committee, Harvard Business School South Asia Advisory Board and Standard Chartered International Advisory Council. 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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    Chairperson - Rothschild & Co Indía | Former Country Head - HSBC
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  • Location:

    New Delhi, India
  • Delivery Type:

    Keynote Talk
  • Leadership: How to be an effective corporate leader and build strategies that align with business goals and deliver positive results?
  • Banking Industry: How will digitalisation change the banking industry in future
  • Change Management: How can we consistently undertake upskilling of the current workforce and keep them up to date with latest trends
Learner’s Speak – A testimonial

"Naina Lal Kidwai is an award winning and among one of the most inspiring woman business leaders in the country. She is a self motivated individual who leads her team with excellence."

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(2 Reviews)
Cara Dickerson

Cara Dickerson

9 months ago

I was thoroughly impressed by Naina's speaking skills. Her clear enunciation, confident demeanor, and ability to maintain a natural flow of conversation make her a captivating communicator. It's a pleasure to listen to....

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