Interview: Priya Paul

Indian businesswoman and philanthropist, Priya Paul is chair of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels and a director of Apeejay Surrendra Group, the family business led by her father Surrendra Paul until his death in 1990. As part of her family philanthropy, Priya Paul chairs the South Asia Women’s Fund, and is involved in numerous non-profits promoting rights and opportunities for women. She talks to Charles Keidan about the springs of her family’s philanthropic work, her views on diversity and representation, and the challenges in a huge and complex country.

Priya Paul.

How did your involvement in philanthropy start?

My background is not in philanthropy, it’s in business. But as a business family, philanthropy is important because you can’t help but see the disparities of living standards particularly when you live in India.

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