Naina Lal Kidwai

Chairperson - Rothschild & Co Indía | Former Country Head - HSBC, HSBC

Leadership, Finance
Women Business Leaders, Diversity and Inclusion

Naina Lal Kidwai


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 President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). She has led investment banking at Morgan Stanley and was Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia-Pacific, Chairman HSBC India and CEO in India. She talks passionately about the participation of women in decision-making, encouraging women entrepreneurship and change transformation.

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