Padma Shri awardee, Dr. Swati Piramal is Vice Chairperson, Piramal Group, a global business conglomerate with diverse interests in Pharma, Financial Services, Healthcare Information Management, Real Estate and Glass Packaging. She is amongst India’s leading scientists and industrialists whose contributions in innovations, new medicines and public health services have touched many lives.
Over the last 3 decades, Dr. Piramal’s work has been focused on the prevention of chronic diseases that include diabetes, arthritis and heart ailments. Having led a team of scientists, Dr. Piramal has significantly contributed in the field of discovery research. Under her leadership, Piramal Group has been granted over 200 patents in medicine and a library of microbacteria, plants and fungi with over 50,000 specimens was formed. Later, the library was donated to the National Institute of Science.
Dr. Piramal is deeply involved in creating innovative solutions and establishing avenues that promote primary healthcare in rural India through Health Management and Research Institute (HMRI) - a mobile health service, women empowerment projects and enabling transformation of India’s education system across public schools to unlock the potential of the young leaders of tomorrow through the Piramal Gandhi Fellowship Programme.
Dr. Piramal founded the Gopikrishna Piramal Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and was instrumental in launching several pan-India public health campaigns against chronic diseases, osteoporosis, malaria, tuberculosis, epilepsy and polio. The hospital’s first-of-its-kind Sports-medicine Centre was dedicated to the treatment of arthritis in disabled children and the elderly, as well as sports injuries. She started Ostop India, a prevention of Osteoporosis Programme, and a Field Detection Centre for the detection of diabetes & epilepsy. Dr. Piramal has also authored a book on nutrition for patients with kidney disease.
Through various capacities, Dr. Piramal has championed the cause of women leadership. She has served as the First Woman President of India’s Apex Chamber of Commerce (ASSOCHAM), in 90 years. Her strong influence in important public policies and governance related to healthcare, is widely recognized and has led to major policy changes that have helped reduce the burden of disease. Additionally, Dr. Piramal has served on the Scientific Advisory Council and the Council of Trade of the Prime Minister of India.
Dr. Piramal is the Dean’s Advisor to Harvard Business School and Public Health. She serves on the Boards of several healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and service companies as well as on the Boards of Indian and International Academic Institutions such as IIT Bombay, Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Business School. In May 2012, Dr. Swati Piramal was elected as a Member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and served on the Board until 2018. Additionally, she was the Commencement Speaker at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1992.
She has been conferred with several national and international recognitions including: Business Leader of the Year Award - Hello Hall of Fame Awards (2019); First Ladies Awards presented by the President of India (2018); Woman of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to society in the Medical field - IMC Ladies’ Wing (2016); LinkedIn Power Profile 2015 list for most viewed CEOs on LinkedIn, India (2015); Kelvinator Stree Shakti Women Achievers Award – Colors (2014); Padma Shri, 4th Highest Civilian Honour, presented by the President of India (2012); Alumni Awards of Merit, the Highest Award bestowed upon a Harvard Alumni - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2012); Lotus Award for Leadership and Philanthropy in New York - Children’s Hope India (2012); Inducted into the Hall of Fame of Most Powerful Women in Business - Fortune India (2012); Awarded by Hon. President of India for contributions to better Corporate Governance (2011); Global Empowerment Award – UK by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent (2011); Nominated 8 times in succession as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in India – Business Today (2011-2003); Distinguished Industrialist Award for outstanding contributions to the Pharmaceutical Industry - Vellore Institute of Technology (2010); Distinguished Scientist Oration (2008); Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Woman Achiever – Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (2007); Awarded by Prime Minister of India for contributions in the field of Science and Technology (2006); ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite’ (Knight of the Order of Merit) one of France’s Highest Honours for Medicine and Trade (2006); Chemtech Pharma Award – Biotech Industries (2006); Lucknow National Leadership Award – Lakshmipat Singhania-IIM, Lucknow (2006); Management Women Achiever of the Year Award – Bombay Management Association (2005-2004)
Dr. Swati Piramal holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Medical Degree (M.B.B.S) from Mumbai University.
Chairman, Piramal Group
Country Head, AEGON N.V (India)
Executive Director, Piramal Enterprises Ltd.
Vice Chairman, Piramal Glass
Chairman, Piramal Glass Ceylon Plc.
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Piramal Glass Ceylon Plc., Sri Lanka
Chief Operating Officer, Piramal Glass, India