Senior Speak

‘Senior Speak’ series invites people of eminent repute from any walk of life (corporate, sports, social works, politics etc.) to address the Leaders of our Group. The objective is to provide a platform to encourage cross-breeding of different perspectives of life, to challenge our assumptions and trigger an innovative thought process in ourselves.

Mrs Sowmya Raghavan belongs to the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) and has retired as the Financial Commissioner, Railway Board and Ex-Officio Secretary Ministry of Finance, Government of India after a chequered career spanning more than 37 years of service. She was the chairperson of the Indian Railway Finance Corporation responsible for raising resources through borrowings from domestic and International markets to Finance plan investments. She has held very senior and responsible positions in the Railways and served with distinction as the First Lady Divisional Railway Manager of Bangalore Division.

She had the unique honor of being posted as the first ever Lady General Manager of the Central Railway, Bombay in the 154 years’ history of Railways. Post retirement after 2010 she served as the Member of the Railway Rates Tribunal, the First Lady to be posted in the oldest tribunal in the Government of India from which position she retired in October 2015.

Senior Speak Pune 28th October 2015

Speakers from Giripremi, (a non-commercial mountaineering Club), Bhushan Harshe, Umesh Zirpe and Prasad Joshi, share their experiences of Grit, Determination and Personal Leadership in capturing the Everest Summit. They led the first civilian expedition of India to successfully scale Mt Everest.

Theme of the Senior Speak-Come and Experience the 'Everest'; From stories of Being No.2 to Personal Leadership!

Naina Lal Kidwai, is a renowned banker and business executive. A chartered accountant by profession, she is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India. Prior to this, she held the position of President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Ms. Kidwai holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Delhi, also an MBA from Harvard Business School. She was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School and also the first woman to guide the functioning of a foreign bank in India.