Naina Lal Kidwai loves competition: Be it basketball or public speaking at school. Academics at Lady Shri Ram College. Case studies at Harvard Business School. Or, leading HSBC India -- Naina has aced them all.
Not surprisingly, Naina who is profiled alongside the other super achiever women of She Walks She Leads has a list of firsts to her name. The first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School, the first woman head of HSBC India, the first woman president of FICCI. She has boldly gone where no woman has before, shattering quite a few glass ceiling in the process.
Time, CNN and Wall Street Journal have all listed her as amongst the most influential women in global business. Many large global companies owe her for the contribution she made to their successful listing. She jets around boardrooms across the world, offering counsel, shaping strategy. Her global breath is matched by few investment bankers, men or women.
She wakes up everyday setting new goals for herself and pushes herself further to test the envelope.
Her story is one of determination and drive. Of the killer instinct, that lets one compete in the global arena and ‘play to win.’