Naina Lal Kidwai

Commissioner; Chairman, Max Financial Services, India
Naina Lal Kidwai is Commissioner, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate; Chairman, Max Financial Services

Naina Lal Kidwai is Chairman, Max Financial Services and 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.

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 authored “Survive Or Sink - An Action Agenda for Sanitation, Water, Pollution and Green Finance”,  “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, Advisory Board Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council for Planetary Health, Chair of FICCI’s Sustainability, Energy and Water Council and Chair of the India Sanitation Coalition.

She is one of the Government of India’s representatives on the BRICs Business Council where she has chaired the financial services working group, and the INDO-ASEAN Business Council.  She is also on the Advisory Board of ICRIER, the Rajasthan Chief Minister’s Advisory Council and the investment advisory committee of the Army Group Insurance Fund. She is on the Governing Board of Lady Shriram College and Harvard Business School South Asia Advisory Board. 

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.