Governing Board Members

Padma Shri Dr. Swati Piramal | Vice Chairperson – Piramal Life Sciences Ltd., President – ASSOCHAM.

Dr. (Mrs.) Swati A. Piramal, Vice Chairperson, Piramal Enterprises Ltd.

Dr. (Mrs.) Swati Piramal is one of India’s leading scientists and industrialists and is involved in public health and innovation. She earned her medical degree from Mumbai University and completed her Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has used her background in medicine, public health and business to change the trajectory of healthcare, education, and public policy in India. Dr. Piramal is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and Dean’s Advisor to Harvard Business School & Public Health.

In addition to her other commitments, Dr. Piramal is deeply committed to Corporate Social Responsibilities activities. She’s involved in projects across healthcare, education, livelihood creation and youth empowerment. She aims to resolve issues that are critical roadblocks towards unlocking India’s economic potential by finding innovative solutions. She also looks at avenues for promoting health in rural India with mobile health services, women’s empowerment projects and supporting community education that create young leaders.

As the first woman president of India’s Apex Chamber of Commerce in 90 years, she helped influence important public policies and governance. She served as an adviser to the Indian Prime Minister in science, technology and economic policy (2006-2014).

Dr. Piramal is a leader who makes a positive difference to the community and the world. Her contributions in innovations new medicines and public health services have touched thousands of lives.

Following are some of her achievements:

a) Nominated as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in India, eight times in succession, from 2003 till 2011 by Business Today publication.

b) Awarded the BMA Management Woman Achiever of the Year Award during 2004-05

c) Recipient of the Lakshmipat Singhania-IIM, Lucknow National Leadership Award.

d) Recipient of one of France’s highest honours -“Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite” (Knight of the Order of Merit), for medicine and trade in 2006;

e) In 2006, she also received an award in the field of Science and Technology from the Prime Minister of India, and was the recipient of the Chemtech Pharma Award for biotech Industries.

f) Received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Woman Achiever, from the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in 2007.

g) President of ASSOCHAM and was the first woman to be elected in 90 years of the history of ASSOCHAM during 2009-10.

h) In 2010, she was conferred with the Distinguished Industrialist Award for outstanding contributions to the Pharmaceutical Industry by VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology).

i) In 2011, she was nominated to the Hall of Fame as the Most Powerful Women in Business by Business Today publication.

j) During 2011, she was also awarded by the Hon. President of India, for contribution to better Corporate Governance, and is the recipient of the Global Empowerment Award – UK, from Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent.

k) In 2012, she was honored with the Padma Shri, by the President of India;

l) During 2012, she was also elected as the Member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. She also received the Alumni Merit Award from Harvard, which is the highest award bestowed on an Alumni;

m) In 2014, she received the Kelvinator Stree Shakti Award

n) In 2015, she featured in the LinkedIn Power Profile 2015 list for most viewed CEOs on LinkedIn, India

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai | Chief Executive Officer – McKinsey & Company Inc., India.

Mr. Zainulbhai has advised various government agencies on achieving GDP growth targets and improving rural GDP growth. He is on the India Advisory Council of American India Foundation, a board member of Saifee Hospital, and on the Advisory Board of IIT, Bombay.



Dr. K. Srinath Reddy | President Elect – World Heart Federation, President – Public Health Foundation of India, Professor of Cardiology – All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. K. Srinath Reddy is a cardiologist and a world leader in preventive cardiology and public health. He has previously been awarded the Padma Bhushan (2005), Queen Elizabeth Medal (2005), WHO Director General’s Award for Outstanding Global Leadership in Tobacco Control (2003), and was the first Indian to be selected as a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies (2004). Dr. Reddy also has been honoured with two major awards in the field of public health: the Luther L. Terry Award and an Honorary Fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Mr. Paresh Parasnis | Head – Piramal Foundation

Mr. Paresh S. Parasnis is the Head of Piramal Foundation, one of India’s leading foundations committed to addressing social issues through high impact solutions, thought leadership and partnerships. At Piramal Foundation, Paresh is responsible for the Piramal Group’s CSR activities implemented through its initiatives including Piramal Swasthya, Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership and Piramal Sarvajal.

Paresh joined Piramal Foundation in August 2012. He is also active on the board of trustees of Shoshit Seva Sangh (providing education to under privileged children in Bihar) and Collective Good Foundation (aiming to bring various stakeholders of social sector on one platform and contribute to the overall development of the social sector).

Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as Executive Director & COO with HDFC Standard Life Insurance Limited. During his tenure with HDFC Standard Life (2000-2012) he was a Member of various Board Committees and Chair / Member of Management Committees. He worked in various capacities with HDFC Limited (1984-2000) & with Hindustan Lever Limited for two years (1982-84). He has also been a consultant to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

He has rich experience of over 30 years with major strengths in strategy, project management, time bound execution and building robust & customer friendly servicing models. Paresh is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr. Jalaj Dani | Jalaj Dani is a co-promoter of Asian Paints Ltd.

He spent over 2 decades in various capacities with the Company. Asian Paints is Asia’s third largest paint company and amongst the top ten paint manufacturers in the world with manufacturing presence in 19 countries and servicing customers in more than 65 countries. Jalaj, till recently, was responsible for the Supply Chain and Chemicals business of the Company. He also spearheaded the Human Resources, Corporate Quality and Safety Functions at the group level.

Jalaj is Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors for Indian Institute of Management (Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu). He is also a Board member of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) and part of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushalya Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) Steering Committee, both of which functions under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India. He serves as Independent Director on Board of Havells India.

Jalaj has been the chair of the Paints and Coatings Sector Skill Council (PCSC) from its inception in 2015 till September 2017. He was the President of The Indian Paint Association (IPA) for 2015-17. Jalaj is actively involved in Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Young President’s Organisation (YPO), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry(FICCI) and other Business Councils in various capacities. He also serves on Next Generation of Leaders Board (NGLB) in Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. Jalaj was identified as ‘Stars 2000’ – Potential Leaders in the New Millennium by ‘Business India’ Magazine way back in 1998.

Over the last 8 years, Jalaj has devoted a lot of his time in philanthropic activities which he believes is crucial for shaping the society. He personally overseas initiatives in education (touching lives of more than 10,000 students in rural Gujarat), infant and women health (working with more than 800 health workers in two districts of Gujarat) and skilling sports professionals (Physical Education Teachers to high performance coaching and support services). He is a Trustee of Tribhuvandas Foundation, which was set up by Tribhuvandas Kishibhai Patel – the founding Chairman of the Kheda District Milk Producers Cooperative Union, today better known as AMUL. Jalaj is also the Vice President of Kapadwanj Kelavani Mandal, a trust which aims to provide affordable and quality education in Kheda and Anand district of Gujarat, India. He is on the Board of Pratham (Piramal Foundation) and also involved closely with HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.

Mr. Debasish Mitter | Director, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India, LLP

Mr. Debasish is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI). He has been working for Modern philanthropy which is focused on maximizing social rates of return on their investments through the spirit of venturing.

As Country Director, India, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Debasish leads the foundation’s strategy and operations in the country. Debasish helps to manage and develop the India-based portfolio to improve learning levels in schools serving underprivileged children; to catalyse sustainable and large-scale models that help youth gain meaningful employment; and to support early-stage, market-based enterprises providing financial services to urban poor families.

Prior to joining the foundation, he spent 13 years with American Express in various leadership positions in Delhi, Miami and New York. During his career with American Express, he led a variety of operational, transaction-related, finance and strategic responsibilities. Prior to that, Debasish spent several years with Dowell Schlumberger, an oilfield services leader, in senior finance roles in the Middle East and the Far East.