Piali Syam, Director CPAA – Special Projects, has been working with Cancer Patients Aid Association for almost 10 years and is primarily responsible for raising funds. Her degree in Visual Art from Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, coupled with an exposure to art since childhood, makes her best qualified to be the curator for CPAA’s annual art exhibition and sale, ‘Colours of Life’. Over the years, the exhibition and sale has grown in stature to become the largest fund raising event for CPAA and one of the most sought after art exhibitions in Mumbai. Piali has independently conceptualized, curated and managed this largest art event.
Her experience in advertising while she managed her own Design Studio in Calcutta has helped focus CPAA’s strategy and branding of the organization. She was also responsible for CPAA’s training project, Udaan, run in collaboration with FICCI-FLO, for families financially affected by cancer which aims to provide vocational training to a member, helping them to find appropriate employment. Piali is also part of the Psycho-oncology training programme faculty which is held once every month.
Since 2010 Piali has been a member of The Terry Fox Committee, Mumbai which annually conducts the Terry Fox Run and a brunch to raise funds for research through the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.