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Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai: First lady of finance
Kidwai holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School (class of '82) and a Bachelors degree in economics from Delhi University.
She is associated with several leading educational institutions, most notably:
Board of Dean's Advisors the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA
Board of Dean's Advisors the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA
Founder member of India Research Center, Harvard Business School and India Advisory Board

India Board of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, USA

Governing Body of The Shri Ram Education Foundation for Lady Shri Ram College for Women
Board of Advisors of AISEC in India

Ranked 34th in the list of world's top 50 businesswomen announced by the Wall Street Journal in November 2004.

Ranked in the top 50 Women in Business list, internationally, by Fortune Magazine in its first listing in 2001 and subsequently in 2002 and 2003.

Listed by Time magazine as one of the 15 Global Influentials 2002.

Ranked 3rd in Asia by Fortune magazine in their first ever listing of The World's Top Women in Business in Asia in 2000.

Kidwai is chief executive officer, HSBC India, and country head, HSBC Group Companies in India. Prior to this she was deputy CEO, HSBC, and managing director and vice chairman of HSBC Securities and Capital Markets India Private Limited.

Till October 2002 Kidwai was vice chairman, JM Morgan Stanley, and head of the Investment Bank in India and the Morgan Stanley representative on the Board of Directors.

While heading the Investment Bank of Morgan Stanley, India, a position she held till April 1999, she helped start its investment banking operations in India and initiated the merger of JM Financial and Morgan Stanley in India in 1998.

In addition to her current responsibilities at HSBC, Kidwai is a non-executive director on the board of Nestle SA.

Kidwai has been the recipient of several awards for business in India and serves on several government and other national bodies. She is currently:

Chairman of the Population and Health Committee, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and member of:
National Council of CII and Corporate Governance Council of CII
Governing board of NCAER (National Council of Applied Economic Research)

National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board of the Government of India

Government of India representative on the Indo-German Consultative Group
Economics Policy and Reforms Council for the State of Rajasthan
Managing committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Advisory Board for the CII Naoroji Godrej Centre of Excellence
National Entrepreneurship Network (advisor)

In her personal capacity, Kidwai is an active supporter of various charities and self-help groups for the underprivileged. She is a member of the board of Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), and has promoted Grassroots Trading Network – a not for profit organisation to help underprivileged women and is a trustee on the board of the New India Foundation.

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