Meera Sanyal

Meera Sanyal
CEO and Chairperson of the Royal Bank of Scotland (India)
In office
Personal details
Meera Hiranandani

(1961-10-15)15 October 1961
Kochi, Kerala, India
Died11 January 2019(2019-01-11) (aged 57)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Political partyAam Aadmi Party
Spouse(s)Ashish J Sanyal
ResidenceMumbai, India
Alma materCathedral and John Connon School
University of Mumbai

Meera Sanyal (née Hiranandani, 15 October 1961 – 11 January 2019) was an Indian banker and politician. She served as CEO and chairperson of the Royal Bank of Scotland in India. The daughter of a highly decorated Naval officer, Vice Admiral Gulab Mohanlal Hiranandani, she was involved in banking for over 30 years before stepping down from RBS to stand as the Aam Aadmi Party candidate in South Mumbai in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, which she lost. She had earlier contested as an independent candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai South constituency.

She served on the board of Pradan, an Indian NGO that works to empower women through entrepreneurship and on the international board of Right to Play, a global organisation that has helped over 1 million children through the transformative power of play. She was also on the boards of Jaihind College and the Indian Liberal Group.[1] She was a member of various national committees at the CII and FICCI. She was the former chairperson of the Indian Advisory Board of AIESEC, the world's largest student organisation. On 11 January 2019, Sanyal died of cancer.

Early life

Sanyal was born in 1961 to Indian Navy officer, Gulab Mohanlal Hiranandani, and his wife, Banu Hiranandani; a Sindhi family who migrated from Sindh to India at the time of the Partition of India. Her father was the mastermind of Operation Trident, the crippling Naval attack on Karachi, Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.[2]

Sanyal graduated in commerce (B.Com.) from Sydenham college Mumbai[3] in 1982 with an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France,[4] in 1983. She attended the six-week Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2006. She was a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK).[5]

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