Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai, a chartered accountant by profession, is an Indian banker and business executive. She is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India. She is the Former President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Delhi and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982. Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School and also the first woman to guide the functioning of a foreign bank in India. She has also completed her Bachelors of Arts in the year 1977.
From 1982-1994 she worked ANZ Grindlays, where her assignments included Head of the Investment Bank, Head of Global NRI Services and Head of the Western India, Retail Bank. From 1994 to 2002, Mrs. Kidwai served as the Head of Investment Banking in Morgan Stanley India and JM Morgan Stanley. She also served at Standard Chartered Bank from the year 1982 to 1994 and as Chief Manager of Retail Bank from 1984 to 1991. From 1989 to 1991, Mrs. Lal was the Chief Manager and Head of Investment Bank India and as Manager of North India of Investment Bank from 1987 to 1989. Naina Lal has also served as the Manager of West India of Investment Bank based in Bombay from 1984 to 1987. From 1977 to 1980, she worked at Price Waterhouse & Co.
Along with serving as the Chairman of HSBC Asset Management (India) Pvt Ltd and HSBC InvestDirect (India) Ltd, her other positions include being a non-executive director on the board of Nestle SA, Chairwoman, City of London’s Advisory Council for India, Global Advisor, Harvard Business School. She is on the Governing Board of NCAER, Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, and on the National Executive Committee of CII and FICCI.title