Naina Lal Kidwai is the first Indian graduate from Harvard Business School and an investment bank guru. She is a familiar name in India's corporate sector and is the right epitome of a woman of substance. Currently, Kidwai heads the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation's (HSBC) investment banking and securities business in India. In 2002, Time magazine and the CNN chose Kidwai as one among the 15 young executives to be named 'Global Business Influentials'. In 2003, she was one of the only two Indian women to be selected by 'Fortune magazine' to grace its list of the world's 50 most powerful women in business. Kidwai made her name at Morgan Stanley's India operation, which she joined in 1994 after a successful stint at ANZ Grindlays Bank. She is credited for forging a joint venture between Morgan Stanley (India) and Indian financial services giant JM Financial Group in 1997, making the firm one of the industry's largest in India. Considered one of India's top bankers, Kidwai has also played a rather crucial role in NYSE's listing of Wipro; in enabling nationwide cellular phone service through a deal involving the Tata and Birla families and AT&T and in a number of privatizations.
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