Swati Piramal

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Swati Piramal
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Born (1956-03-28) 28 March 1956 (age 63)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma materMumbai University
Harvard School of Public Health
OccupationVice chairperson of Piramal Enterprises Ltd.
Spouse(s)Ajay Piramal
ChildrenAnand Piramal[1]
Nandini Piramal

Dr.Swati Piramal (born Swati Shah 28 March 1956) is an Indian scientist and industrialist, and is involved in healthcare, focusing on public health and innovation. She is the Vice Chairperson of Piramal Enterprises Ltd. Swati 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 of the Piramal Group.[2]

Career in Public Health[edit]

She is the founder of the Gopikrishna Piramal Hospital in Mumbai,[3] and has launched public health campaigns against chronic disease, Osteoporosis, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Epilepsy and polio.

The Sports-medicine Centre at the Hospital was the first of its kind, and worked for the arthritis treatment of disabled children, the elderly, and sports injuries. She started Ostop India, a prevention of Osteoporosis programme, and a field detection centre for detection of Diabetes, Epilepsy, and a nationwide campaign for the prevention of chronic disease in India. She has written several books on clinical nutrition and a book on nutrition for patients with Kidney Disease.

As Director of the Piramal Foundation which is engaged in inter-disciplinary and field based education, she helps promote health in rural India with HMRI – a mobile health service,[4] women's empowerment projects, and supporting community education that creates young leaders. She is a Director of Sarvajal foundation for clean water. She has made an immense contribution for supporting women in leadership roles.[5] Her impact on public policy related to healthcare has led to major policy changes that help reduce the burden of diseases. 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. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Prime Minister and served on the Council of Trade of the Prime Minister (2010 - 2014).[6]

She currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of both the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Business School. She has Board Positions in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and service companies. She serves on the Boards of Indian and International Academic institutions such as IIT Bombay, and Harvard University.[7] She has also served UPenn. She has helped create the foundation for effective public policy and governance that encourages private and public institutions to work together, to solve problems in healthcare and business. She also serves on government public policy committees for trade, planning, environment, arts, women's entrepreneurship, national integration, and regional development.

Dr. Piramal has been a member of the Prestigious Harvard Board of Overseers for 6 years, from 2012 to 2018. She served as the First Woman President of India’s Apex Chamber of Commerce in 90 years and her strong influence in important public policies and governance is widely recognised. She had the honour of serving as an Adviser to the Honourable Prime Minister from 2006 to 2014 in science, technology and economic policy.

Awards and honours[edit]

With Hillary Clinton in Mumbai

Piramal has received numerous Indian and international awards.

  • 2004–05 – BMA Management Woman Achiever of the Year Award[8]
  • 2006 – Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the Order of Merit), from the French President Jacques Chirac.
  • 2006 – Lucknow National Leadership Award, in the Young Leader in the field of Science and Technology category from the Prime Minister of India.
  • 2006 – Chemtech Pharma Award for "Outstanding Contributions" in Pharma Biotech industries
  • 2007 – Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Woman Achiever by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
  • 2010–2011 – President of ASSOCHAM.[9]
  • 2010 – Global Empowerment Award in UK, at the London Hilton
  • 2012 – One of India's high civilian honours, the Padma Shri award, by the President of India, Ms. Pratibha Patil (180).[10]
  • 2012 – Swati received the Alumni Merit Award, the highest award bestowed on Alumni from Harvard.[11]
  • 2012 – Received the Lotus Award at New York, from Children's Hope India, for Leadership and Philanthropy.[12]
  • 2013 – Nominated for the Forbes Philanthropy Awards 2013 in the Outstanding Philanthropist category.[13]


  1. ^ Executive Director[1]
  2. ^ "HSPH Alumna Elected to Harvard's Board of Overseers". Harvard – School of Public Health. 2010.
  3. ^ "Swati Piramal joins Nestle Board of Directors" (PDF). 2 August 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  4. ^ Piramal, Swati (23 February 2014). "Swati Piramal | The foundation for a family". Livemint.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  5. ^ Of India, Press Trust (9 October 2009). "Assocham appoints Swati Piramal as its new president". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Swati Piramal joins Nestle Board of Directors" (PDF). 2 August 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  7. ^ Kanga, Fareeda (1 June 2014). "Swati Piramal: What makes her special". Mid-Day Infomedia Ltd. Mid-Day. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Dr. Swati A. Piramal". Girls India. 2012.
  9. ^ "Swati Piramal to head ASSOCHAM, announces four-point agenda". moneycontrol.com. October 2009 [2009].
  10. ^ Bharti, Prasar. "President gives away Padma Awards".
  11. ^ "2012 Alumni Award of Merit". Harvard – School of Public Health. 2012.
  12. ^ "Press Release: Celebrating 20 Years of Service to Children". Children's Hope India. October 2012 [2012]. Archived from the original on 14 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Philanthropy Awards 2013". Forbes. 2013.