Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Meera Sanyal on Twitter

Meera is the daughter of Vice Admiral (retd.) G Hiranandani who is a much decorated and respected Indian Naval Officer. A gallantry award winner and author of several publications on Indian Naval history, he had also served in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Admiral Hiranandani holds a master’s degree in military science and a doctorate in political science.
A professional banker for the past 25 years, Meera is currently the Chairperson and Country Executive for ABN AMRO Bank (now RBS) in India, responsible for over 9,500 staff in 40 locations across 24 cities.
Meera Sanyal's professional record indicates a reputation of being an astute leader of people and has been credited with bringing out the best in any team she has worked with. In recent years she has taken several intiatives in the world of Microfinance, in an attempt to provide much needed financial assistance to the often neglected people in the far reaches of rural India.
She has also been a keen supporter of various NGOs (details below) and environmental protection programs such as the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards for many years.

Entry into Politics
On being asked her reasons for this step, she stated that as a citizen of India and a resident of Mumbai, she has been a witness to the steady decline of the city in spite of it being a treasure trove of talent and entrepreneurship. She said that she had always wanted to do something about it, bring about positive changes in infrastructure and policy to make it a world class city that it has the potential to be. The recent traumatic events in Mumbai were the trigger that helped her to cement her resolve and take the decision to fight the 2009 General Elections from the constituency of Mumbai South. She was apparently inspired to do so by the strong reaction of the general population after the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, when the people poured out into the streets to protest the fact that they had been taken for granted for the longest time, demanding answers from the powers that be.

All in all a power packed lady, loves challenges and someone we are proud off.

Meera on Twitter:


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