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- Lecturer: Dr. Swati A. Piramal (Vice Chairperson, Piramal Enterprises Limited)
- Commentator & Moderator: Prof. Takenaka Chiharu (Professor, Faculty of Law, Rikkyo University)
- Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016, 7:00pm
- Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
- Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
- Co-organizer: The Japan Foundation
- Admission: Free (reservations required)
[Japan-India Distinguished Visitors Program]
India’s New Frontier: Healthcare Technology In Making Social Impact
Dr. Swati.A. Piramal
Dr. Piramal is the Vice Chairperson of Piramal Enterprises,* India’s leading multinational company in healthcare, financial services and information management, and a founder of the Gopikrishna Piramal Memorial Hospital, where there has been an emphasis on polio prevention. She earned her medical degree from Mumbai University and master’s degree from Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and Dean’s Advisor to Harvard Business School and School of Public Health.
Dr. Piramal has used her background in medicine, public health and business to change the trajectory of healthcare, education, and public policy in India. As Director of the Piramal Foundation, she runs 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 helps promote health in rural India with mobile health services, women’s empowerment projects and support for community education creating young leaders.
As the first woman president of India’s Apex Chamber of Commerce, ASSOCHAM, in 90 years of its existence, she played a pivotal role in influencing important public policies and governance. She also served as an adviser to the Indian Prime Minister in science, technology and economic policy (2006-2014).
For her contributions, Dr. Piramal has received many distinguished awards including the Padma Shri in India, Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite in France, and the Global Empowerment Award in the UK.
*Piramal Enterprises Limited is the flagship company of Piramal Group which is a diversified conglomerate with operations in over 30 countries and a strong presence in more than 100 markets around the world.
Prof. Takenaka Chiharu
Prof. Takenaka is Professor of International Politics at Faculty of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University. Prof. Takenaka has served as President of Japan Association for Asian Studies from 2013-2015. She currently serves as Vice-President of Peace Studies Association for Japan as well as Member of Trustees of the International House of Japan (I-House) and Member of Directors of the Japan-India Association. Her writings include Why are there always Fights in the World? To Untie the Chain of Violence (Tokyo, 2004, in Japanese and Korean) and The Bandit History of India: Empire, the State and Outlaws (Tokyo, 2010, in Japanese), which was awarded the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 2011. She translated the earlier works of Subaltern Studies in Subaltern History: Deconstructing Indian History (Tokyo, 1998, in Japanese).