Lila Poonawalla is the Chairperson of Lila Poonawalla Foundation. She is Former Chairperson and Managing Director of Tetra Pak India Limited, Alfa Laval India Limited. She has been on the board of Directors of third largest bank IDBI for 6 years as nominee of Finance Ministry of India. Presently she is a Director on the board of a number of organisations both public and private, and also plays an important role as a mentor to senior executives and as a strategic advisor

Lila has also initiated the “Lila Poonawalla Foundation” to encourage deserving young women to pursue higher education in their chosen professions.

Besides numerous awards, she has been a recipient of Padmashree in 1989. She has also received international recognition from the King of Sweden. In 2003, she was decorated with the Polar Star Award and named as an officer of the Royal Order.