Vice Chairperson, Piramal Enterprises Ltd.
Dr. Swati Piramal is one of India’s leading scientists and industrialists, and is involved in healthcare. Her contributions in innovations in new medicines and public health services have touched thousands of lives. Born on March 28th 1956, Dr.Piramal earned her medical degree, an M.B.B.S from Mumbai University in 1980. Dr. Swati Piramal is an alumnus of the Harvard School of Public Health. Since 1992 when she received her Masters Degree in Public Health, she has contributed to the public health of people around the world.
Dr. Piramal leads a team of scientists in cancer, diabetes, inflammation and infectious disease research, with a portfolio of over 200 international patents, and 14 new drugs. Piramal Enterprises is a multinational, with global manufacturing operations and supplies medicines to over a 100 countries. In the last, nearly two decades, she has worked in the prevention of chronic diseases like Diabetes, Arthritis, and Heart Disease. She is a founder of the Gopikrishna Piramal Hospital in Mumbai, and has launched public health campaigns against chronic disease, osteoporosis, malaria, TB, 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, and Epilepsy, and a nationwide campaign for the prevention of chronic disease in India.
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, women’s empowerment projects, and supporting community education that creates young leaders. She is a Director of Sarvajal foundation for clean water. Through this, she has made an immense contribution for supporting women in leadership roles. The first woman President of India’s Apex Chamber of Commerce, ASSOCHAM, in 90 years, she helped influence important public policies and governance. Her impact on public policy related to healthcare has led to major policy changes that help reduce the burden of disease.
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. She has also served on the advisory board of UPenn. She also serves on government public policy committees for trade, planning, environment, arts, women’s entrepreneurship, national integration, and regional development. She was the Commencement Speaker at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1992.
On April 2012, Dr. Piramal received the Padma Shri, at the hands of the President of India. In May 2012, Dr. Swati Piramal was elected a Member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Dr. Swati has also received the Alumni Merit Award, the highest award bestowed on Alumni from Harvard in September 2012 and the Lotus Award at New York, from Children’s Hope India, for Leadership and Philanthropy in October 2012.Dr Piramal has been the recipient of one of France’s highest honours -“Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite” (Knight of the Order of Merit) in 2006, for medicine and trade. She received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Woman Achiever, from the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, in 2007.
Furthermore, on National Technology Day – she was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Oration 2008.