Naina Lal kidwai – Motivation for each CA Student

Have you ever meet people who think that a woman belongs to kitchen?
Maybe because they have never heard of Naina Lal kidwai. After going through the laurels belonging to her, even calling her an overachiever will be an understatement. A Chartered Accountant, a motivation, and a commerce graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, university of Delhi, she is the first Indian women to do her MBA from Harvard Business school. A Padam Shree awardee, she has been featured at Fortune global list of Top Women in Business, 12th in the Wall Street Journal 2006,Time Magazine as one of their 15 Global Influential women 2002.

Presently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India, she has served multinationals like Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank and Price Waterhouse & Co., mainly in the the field of investment banking, which is notorious for being dominated by men. She is also the first woman to head ANZ Grindlays, a leading foreign Investment Bank.

But everything didn’t happen that easily. Once, on being asked about her experience as a women banker, she said ” Strangely enough people around me were waiting for me to commit that one mistake so that they could pull me down”. From missing her first marriage anniversary to a number of her children’s birthdays, she had to make fair number of sacrifice, just to prove that her competencies has nothing to do with her gender.

Currently along with HSBC, Mrs.Kidwai is also serving the board of Nestle as a non-executive director. Moreover she is also on the Governing Board of National Council if Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) and National Executive Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and FICCI.

At the end of the day, due to her integrity and her dedication towards her work, she has made her place among the most respected and admired finance professionals.

As a person who is a role model to numerous young boys and girls, she has shown the conservative world that women are meant to sit in room…Boardroom!

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