Dr. Swati Piramal
Member of the Board of Governors
Dr Swati Piramal is Vice Chairperson of Piramal Group, a global business conglomerate with diverse interests in pharmaceuticals, financial services, healthcare information management, real estate and glass packaging.
As the Director of Piramal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Piramal Group, Dr Piramal is deeply involved in creating innovative solutions and establishing avenues that promote primary healthcare in rural India. Piramal Foundation, which is present in 25 states in India, has impacted over 90 million beneficiaries through its programs, mostly in partnership with the central and state governments.
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.
Through various capacities, Dr. Piramal has championed the cause of women in leadership. She served as the first female President of India’s Apex Chamber of Commerce (ASSOCHAM), in 90 years. Her influence in 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 Piramal was elected as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and served on this Board until 2018.
Dr 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.