Meera Sanyal

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Meera H Sanyal
Personal details
Born (1961-10-15) 15 October 1961 (age 52)
Kochi, India
Nationality Indian
Spouse(s) Ashish J Sanyal
Residence Mumbai, India
Religion Hindu

Meera Sanyal (née Hiranandani, 15 October 1961) is the former CEO & Chairperson of the Royal Bank of Scotland in India. A respected banking professional for over 30 years, Meera stepped down from her position at RBS to enter public service. She stood as the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from South Mumbai in the 2014 Lok Sabha election where she came fourth. India,[1] Aam Aadmi Party.[2][3] Though she lost the election, she received 5.2% of the vote.[4] She had earlier stood as an independent candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai South constituency. Meera serves as a non-executive Director on the board of Pradan an Indian NGO that works to empower women through entrepreneurship and on the International Board of Right to Play, a global organisation that has helped over 1 million children through the transformative power of play. She is also on the Board of Jaihind College and the Indian Liberal Group Indian Liberal Group.[5] She is a member of various national Committees at the CII and FICCI. She is the former Chairperson of the Indian Advisory Board of AIESEC, the world's largest student organisation.


Meera graduated in commerce (B.Com.) from Sydenham college Mumbai in 1982 with an MBA from INSEAD, France in 1983 and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2006. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK).[6]

Professional and public life[edit]

After a 30 year banking career, Meera stepped down from her position as CEO and Chairperson of Royal Bank of Scotland India, in 2013, to focus on public service.[7] During her time at the bank, Meera mentored the MicroFinance program, which financed over 650,000 women in rural India. She also chaired the bank's Foundation, providing livelihood assistance to 75,000 women-led households in threatened ecosystems.[8] Her banking career was distinguished both in India and overseas. She was the Head of Corporate Finance and later the COO for ABN AMRO in Asia. She also started and led the global BPO and ITes for ABN AMRO / RBS in India.

Meera is a board member of PRADAN,[9] a member of the International Board of Right To Play, a global NGO that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Meera is also a Board member of LiberalsIndia for Good Governance – the Indian Liberal Group, and serves on the Supervisory Board of Jaihind College. She is a member of various National Committees of both FICCI and CII. In 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, invited her as the sole Indian representative on her International Council on Women’s Business Leadership.[10]

Speaker at global seminars[edit]

In 2011 Meera was invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to join the International Council on Women's Business Leadership as the sole representative from India.[11] She has been invited to speak at global seminars such as:[12]

  • Climate Summit in Copenhagen;
  • Swedish Agency for Economic & Regional Growth[13]
  • Women of the Future summit in the UK [14]
  • Asian Institute of Finance, Kuala Lumpur[15]
  • Nikkei Summit for Asian Women Leaders, Tokyo
  • Global Competitiveness Summit, Seoul, Korea

Political life[edit]

The daughter of late Admiral Hiranandani, a highly decorated naval officer, Meera stood in 2009 as an independent candidate for the Lok Sabha elections in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks but lost the election.[16] Along with her husband, she campaigned and raised funds for the AAP in the 2013 Delhi elections.[17] She is a member of AAP's National Committee on Economic Policy.[18]

In May 2014, Meera contested 2014 Lok Sabha election from the Mumbai South constituency, as an Aam Aadmi Party candidate.[19] She lost, receiving 5.2%[20] of the vote cast in South Mumbai constituency, trailing at fourth position behind Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena candidate, winner), Murli Deora (INC candidate) and Bala Nandgaokar (MNS candidate).[4]


  1. ^ "Boardroom to ballot: The journey of ABN AMRO's Meera Sanyal -". Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ Banker Meera Sanyal quits job to join Kejriwal’s ranks The Hindu, 5 January 2014
  3. ^ Tatke, Sukhada (15 February 2014). "Meera Sanyal, Mayank Gandhi to contest from Mumbai". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Maharashtra - Mumbai South, Results Declared Election Commission of India, 2014
  5. ^ Talk on Governance by Meera Sanyal, Former Country Head of RBS, CPPR
  6. ^ "Right To Play". 
  7. ^ Anita Bhoir (April 10, 2013). "Meera Sanyal to quit Royal Bank of Scotland for a full-time career in politics". The Economic Times. ET Bureau. p. 1. 
  8. ^ "Meera Sanyal Interview- Globalinvesther". 
  9. ^ "Meera Sanyal on PRADAN board". 
  10. ^ "Meera Sanyal LinkedIn profile". 
  11. ^ "International Council on Women's Business Leadership Membership". 
  12. ^ "Meera Sanyal". Meera Sanyal. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  13. ^ "Golden Rules of Leadership – Tillsammans skapar vi bättre möjligheter….." (in Northern Sami). Barrskog Konsult. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  14. ^ "The women of Future Summit, UK". 
  15. ^ "AIF symposium speakers list". 
  16. ^ Anita Bhoir, Meera Sanyal to quit Royal Bank of Scotland for a full-time career in politics The Economic Times, 10 April 2013
  17. ^ "Meera Sanyal canvassing for AAP". Times Of India. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  18. ^ "AAP's National Economic Committee". The Financial Express. January 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Meera Sanyal on AAP candidate list". 
  20. ^ Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP needs a future plan; fatigue sets in for party’s small-time drama The Economic Times

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