Name: Naina Lal Kidwai
Born: 1957 (age 58)
Alma mater : University of Delhi , Harvard Business School
Occupation : Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBCIndia
Educational qualification: MBA from Harvard Business School
About Naina Lal Kidwai : Naina Lal Kidwai is the first Indian graduate from Harvard Business School and an investment bank guru. She is a familiar name in India's corporate sector and is the right epitome of a woman of substance. Currently, Kidwai heads the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation's (HSBC) investment banking and securities business in India. In 2002, Time magazine and the CNN chose Kidwai as one among the 15 young executives to be named 'Global Business Influentials'. In 2003, she was one of the only two Indian women to be selected by 'Fortune magazine' to grace its list of the world's 50 most powerful women in business. Kidwai made her name at Morgan Stanley's India operation, which she joined in 1994 after a successful stint at ANZ Grindlays Bank. She is credited for forging a joint venture between Morgan Stanley (India) and Indian financial services giant JM Financial Group in 1997, making the firm one of the industry's largest in India. Considered one of India's top bankers, Kidwai has also played a rather crucial role in NYSE's listing of Wipro; in enabling nationwide cellular phone service through a deal involving the Tata and Birla families and AT&T and in a number of privatizations.
Early Life & Career : Naina Lal Kidwai is an Indian banker and business executive. She is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBCIndia.She is a chartered accountant by profession, later earned a Bachelors 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. From 1982-1994 she worked at ANZ Grindlays, where her assignments included Head of the Investment Bank, Head of Global NRI Services and Head of the Western India, Retail Bank.
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 Comproller and Auditor General of India, and on the National Executive Committee of CII and FICCI. Her interests include microfinance and livelihood creation for rural women and environment. Naina, also supports the world's largest youth driven organization - AIESEC as a National Advisory Board Member to AIESEC India. Kidwai has repeatedly ranked in the Fortune global list of Top Women in Business, 12th in the Wall Street Journal 2006 Global Listing of Women to Watch ad listed by Time Magazine as one of their 15 Global Influentials 2002.