Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a pioneer of the biotechnology industry in India and the founder of the country’s leading biotechnology enterprise, Biocon. Named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is recognized as a thought leader who has made her country proud by building a globally recognized biopharmaceutical enterprise that is committed to innovation and affordability in delivering best-in-class therapeutics to patients across the globe.
As a global influencer, she is ranked among ‘World’s 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’ by Fierce Biotech, Forbes magazine’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ and Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific’. She has also featured in ‘The Worldview 100 List’ of the most influential visionaries by Scientific American magazine and named among the ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers’ by Foreign Policy magazine. Most recently, she has been ranked No. 1 in the Business Captains category on ‘Medicine Maker Power List’ 2018, an index of the 100 most influential people across the globe in the field of medicine, where she has been among the Top 10, consecutively since 2015.
She is conferred with the Highest French Distinction - Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), and bestowed with the Advancing Women in Science (AWSM) Award for Excellence by The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, USA. At home, she has been awarded with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, the most coveted Civilian National Awards of India.
She pioneered the setting up of Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE), which has been instrumental in bringing government, industry and academia together to charter a clear and progressive growth path for biotechnology in India. A founder member of Karnataka’s Vision Group on Biotechnology and currently chairs this forum.
Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree in science (Zoology Hons.) from Bangalore University and a master’s degree in malting and brewing from Ballarat College, Melbourne University. She has been awarded with several honorary degrees from Ballarat (2004), University of Abertay (2007), University of Glasgow (2008), Heriot-Watt University (2008), National University of Ireland (2012) and Trinity College, Dublin (2012) for her pre-eminent contributions to field of biotechnology.
Ms. Mazumdar Shaw is a member of the Board of Trustees of The MIT Corporation, USA and recently she has been elected as a member of the prestigious USA based National Academy of Engineering (NAE), for her contribution to the development of affordable bio-pharmaceuticals and the biotechnology industry in India. She also serves on the Board of Infosys, Narayna Health and IIT Bombay.
Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw has been on the Board of UBL since October 26, 2009.