Swati Piramal honored with the highest civilian honor of France

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  • France’s Minister for Europe & Foreign Affairs (Miss) Catherine Colonna conferred the ‘Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) on scientist-industrialist Dr Swati Piramal, Vice-Chairperson of the Piramal Group, here on 16th, September, 2022.
  • The highest French civilian award is in recognition of “Dr Piramal’s outstanding achievements and contributions in the fields of business and industry, science, medicine, arts and culture, both nationally and internationally”, and was conferred on behalf of French President Emmanuel Macron.
  • Dr Piramal is also the recipient of the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian honours of India. She has championed the cause of women’s leadership, and developed frameworks and policies to support women in leadership roles. She has served as a member of Prime Minister of India Trade Advisory Council and the Scientific Advisory Council. She is currently on the Harvard Global Advisory Council.
  • As the director of Piramal Foundation, she is also involved in developing innovative long-term and scalable solutions that will provide further impetus to India’s economic and social progress. She leads the Foundation’s efforts towards effective public policy and governance in public health, water and education through private-public-partnership (PPP) models for solutions and contribute to India’s SDG goals.
  • The Piramal Museum of Art in Mumbai is currently hosting the ’Science beyond Borders’ exhibition till the end of September. Curated by the French Institute in India and its partners, this exhibition showcases the rich history of scientific cooperation between France and India. The exhibition is part of Bonjour India 2022, a large-scale cultural and artistic festival organised by France as a present to mark India’s 75th Independence anniversary and 75 years of diplomatic relations between France and India.

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