Swati Piramal
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Mrs. Dr. Swati Ajay Piramal
Born (1956-03-28) 28 March 1956 (age 66)
NationalityIndian
Alma materMumbai University
Harvard School of Public Health
OccupationVice chairperson of Piramal Enterprises Ltd.
Spouse(s)Ajay Piramal
ChildrenAnand Piramal[1]
Nandini Piramal D'Young

Swati Ajay Piramal[2] (née Shah) is an Indian scientist and industrialist, and is involved in healthcare, focusing on public health and innovation. She is the Vice Chairperson of Piramal Group, a business conglomerate with interests in pharmaceuticals, financial services, real estate and glass packaging.[3]

Piramal has been awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors, by the President of India in 2012 for her contribution to the science and technology business.[4] She served as the first woman President of India’s Apex Chamber of Commerce.[5] She also serves as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and Dean’s Advisor to Harvard Business School and Public Health.[6]

She earned her medical degree, an M.B.B.S from Mumbai University in 1980. She is an alumnus of the Harvard School of Public Health where she received her master's degree in 1992. She is married to Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group.[7][8]

Early life

Swati Shah was born in Mumbai in 1956 to Arunika Shah and Niranjan Shah.[citation needed] Piramal showed interest in improving the lives of people diagnosed with chronic illnesses. Therefore, after her high school and college, she pursued a degree in medicine.[9] She undertook a postgraduate course in public health at Harvard University after her marriage and having children.[10]

In the mid-1970s, Piramal came across a girl affected with polio, and she and her medical school friends set up a polio centre. In the first year, they treated 25,000 children. To convince local residents to get their children immunized, Piramal and her friends performed street plays about polio prevention. They also went door-to-door, educating families. They treated children, mostly for free. Ten years later, everyone in the area who needed vaccination or treatment had received it. Having achieved its goal, the centre was closed.[11]

Personal life

Swati Shah and Ajay Piramal had gifted Gulita to their daughter-in-law, Isha Ambani Piramal
Swati Shah and Ajay Piramal had gifted Gulita to their daughter-in-law, Isha Ambani Piramal

Swati Shah Piramal is married to Ajay Piramal and have one son, Anand Piramal who is wedded to Isha Ambani, business magnate Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Dalal Ambani's only daughter. [12] [13]Ajay and Swati also have one daughter, Nandini Piramal D'Young, who is wedded to an American citizen, Peter D'Young.[14] Shah-Piramal lives in Gulita, which is also a wedding gift to Isha Piramal from she and her husband. [15]

Career

She is the founder of the Gopikrishna Piramal Hospital in Mumbai,[16] and has launched public health campaigns against chronic disease, Osteoporosis, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Epilepsy and polio.[citation needed]

As Director of the Piramal Foundation, she helps promote health in rural India with HMRI – a mobile health service,[17] women's empowerment projects, and supporting community education that creates young leaders. She is a director of Sarvajal foundation for clean water.[18] She has been nominated in the list of the 25 Most Powerful Women, eight times, and is now a part of the Hall of Fame of Most Powerful Women.[19] She serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Prime Minister and served on the Council of Trade of the Prime Minister (2010 - 2014).[20]

She currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of both the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Business School. She serves on the Boards of Indian and International Academic institutions such as IIT Bombay, and Harvard University.[21]

Board memberships

Awards and honours

Swati Shah Piramal and several business leaders with Hillary Clinton in Mumbai
Swati Shah Piramal and several business leaders with Hillary Clinton in Mumbai

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