Shriti Vadera

Shriti Vadera

Chair of Prudential Plc

Shriti Vadera is Chair of Prudential plc since January 2021. She was Chair of Santander UK from 2015 to 2020 and Senior Independent Director of BHP until 2020, having joined the Board in 2010.

Shriti was Non-Executive Director at Astra Zeneca plc between 2010 and 2019; Chair of the European Financial Services Chairmen’s Advisory Committee on EU exit negotiations from 2016 to 2019; and Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Business Council for Financial and Professional Services 2019-2020.

Between 2009-2014, she undertook a wide range of assignments, such as advising the South Korean Chair of the G20 in 2010, two European countries on the Eurozone and banking crisis, the African Development Bank on infrastructure financing, the Government of Dubai on the restructuring the debt of Dubai World and a number of global investors on strategy.

She was a Minister in the UK government from 2007 to 2009 in the Cabinet Office, Business Department and International Development Department. She led the UK government’s response to the Great Financial Crisis and was a key architect of its pioneering bank recapitalisation and funding plan in 2008 and helped design the outcomes of the G20 London Summit in 2009. She was on the Council of Economic Advisers at the UK Treasury from 1999 to 2007, where she led on policy for business, competition innovation, productivity and international finance and development issues and the management of the Government’s shareholdings, asset sales and public private partnerships for infrastructure. Prior to that she was an investment banker for 14 years with SG Warburg / UBS, with a particular focus on emerging markets.

She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. She was born in Uganda and went to school in Uganda and India.