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Swati Piramal awarded the Global Empowerment Award 2010
Dr Swati Piramal
awarded the Global Empowerment Award 2010
19 May 2010
Swati Piramal, entrepreneur, medic and author
was presented with the Global Empowerment Award
by HRH Princess Michael of Kent at the 11th Asian
Women of Achievement (AWA) Awards held at the
London Hilton on Wednesday 19th May 2010. The
AWA Awards champion the contributions Asian women
are making to British life across the media, arts,
business, science, medicine and the voluntary
sector. Dr Piramal, director of India's Piramal
Healthcare, was honoured for her ground-breaking
services as an advocate for business and as a
champion pf disenfranchised women. Previous winners
of the Global Empowerment Award have been Indra
Nooyi, Chief Executive of PepsiCo and HRH The
Prince of Wales for the Prince's charities.
About Dr Swati Piramal
Originally from Bagar, Rajasthan,
the Piramals are a Mumbai-based business family.
Dr Sawti Piramal is the current president of ASSOCHAM,
the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry
of India, an umbrella body of chambers of commerce
in India. Established in 1920, it currently has
a membership of over 100,000 companies across
the country. When, in 2009, Swati was elected
president, she was the first woman in the organisation's
90-year history to take up the role. On appointment,
she immediately started transforming the role
and perception of women in Indian life. In a historic
move, she chose 100 women to chair the chamber's
sub-committees, powerfully demonstrating that
talented women should enjoy the same opportunities
as their male counterparts. The repercussions
of that inspired decision are still being felt
Such boldness characterizes her
career. In 1988, she and her husband Ajay acquired
a tiny medical business, Nicholas Laboratories.
Over the past 22 years, they have built the Piramal
Group into a 10,000-employee organisation. Swati's
aim is to “democratize” healthcare. And through
visionary initiatives such as a national diagnostic
network, they have brought healthcare to millions
of people, in more than 100 cities, across India.
Like the greatest business leaders,
Swati has used her success to give back to society.
Her achievements in public service are awe-inspiring.
Most recently, she has traveled the length and
breadth of the subcontinent to champion impoverished
in their 11th year, the Asian Women of Achievement
Awards, hosted by Real Business in association
with Lloyds TSB, celebrate the contribution of
Asian women to British life in the media, business,
the arts, politics and the voluntary sector. Judges
of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, chaired
by British Red Cross chief executive Sir Nicholas
Young, said this year's winners were some of the
most impressive and inspiring individuals ever
to be honoured in the programme's 11-year history.
Founded by Pinky Lilani OBE, the awards patron
is Cherie Blair. Visit www.awaawards.com
for further information.