Cover Story: Dr Swati Piramal Is Helming Many Developmental Projects

by | August 2, 2021, 11:46 IST

They spotted opportunities and needs and persevered to fill the gaps in a vast country like ours. They put in unending and unimaginable efforts to bring their ventures to where they stand today. They relentlessly continue to adapt and improvise to suit the needs of their customers, who always come first. Being a woman entrepreneur is not easy, but, then, they never thought it would be. They were prepared for everything that came their way and overcame obstacles with determination. Femina salutes their spirit and enterprise 

Dr Swati Piramal
Vice Chairperson
Piramal Group

Swati Piramal

What we think sets her apart:
It’s all about what she does, and how she does it! Dr Swati Piramal started an ambulatory healthcare centre in Parel, Mumbai, in 1982 when she was just a medical student. That set a precedent for what she was going to go on to achieve. As a director of the Piramal Foundation, Dr Piramal is at the forefront of many of the foundation’s developmental projects that have impacted over 112 million lives. Through the decades, she has made a difference in whatever she has undertaken under Piramal Healthcare and the foundation, and deployed public health interventions for several diseases.

Highlights of her journey:
It was her work and dedication that led her to become the president of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM), the apex chamber of commerce in the country. She has served on the Scientific Advisory Council and the Council of Trade of the Prime Minister of India. In May 2012, she was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers, and served on the board until 2018.

One quote we love:
“If you know your facts, it isn’t easy (for anyone) to dismiss what you’re saying. I have found that knowledge helps overcome gender bias too.”

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