Naina Lal Kidwai is Chairman, Max Financial Services and Senior Advisor, Advent Private Equity. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the global board of Nestle, CIPLA Ltd and Larsen and Toubro and has been Past President of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry). She retired on December 2015 as Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia Pacific and Chairman HSBC India. She is Chairman of the Harvard Business School, South Asia Board.
An MBA from Harvard Business School, makes regular appearance on listings by Fortune since 2002 and others of international women in business. she has received many awards and honours in India and was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to Trade and Industry, from Government of India in 2007. She has edited two books & Contemporary Banking in India and 30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories.
Her interests in Water and the environment and empowerment of women are reflected in her board positions of not-for-profit institutions like Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, International Advisory Council of the Inquiry of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Commissioner for the Global Commission on Economy & Climate, Chair of FICCI's Sustainability Council and Water and Energy Missions and Chair of the India Sanitation Coalition.
She is one of the Government of India's represntatives on the BRICs Business Council where she chairs the financial services working group, the INDO-ASEAN Business Council and the India Malaysia CEO Forum, and is on the Governing Boards of the National Council of Applied Economics Reseach and ICRIER and also a member of Rajasthan Chief Minister's Advisory Council and the investment advisory committee of the Army Group Insurance Fund. 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.