A pioneer of the biotechnology industry in India and the head of the country’s leading biotechnology enterprise, Biocon, Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is a highly respected businesswoman. Ms. Shaw, a first generation entrepreneur, has made her country proud with a globally recognized bio-pharma enterprise, which is committed to innovation and affordability in delivering world-class therapeutics to patients worldwide. As the first woman brewmaster of India, with a pioneering spirit to make a difference, she leveraged her knowledge of fermentation science to pursue the road less taken and build an innovative bio-pharma company, the first in India. Today, Biocon is India’s largest insulins Company that pioneered the development of the world’s only pichia-based recombinant human insulin, which is now available in over 60 countries. Under her leadership, Biocon has become a well-recognised global brand.
As a global influencer, she is ranked among, ‘World’s 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’, by Fierce Biotech, TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’, Forbes ‘100 Most Powerful Women’, and Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific’, The U.S. based Chemical Heritage Foundation conferred her with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’ and Germany based Kiel Institute for the World Economy awarded her its coveted ‘2014 Global Economy Prize’ for Business. The US based, Foreign Policy magazine has named her among the ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014’. More recently, she has featured in ‘The Worldview 100 List’ of the most influential visionaries by US-based Scientific American Magazine and has been ranked second among the 100 Most Influential People in the field of medicine in the ‘Global Medicine Maker Power List 2015’ published by a top UK-based medical publication. Her vision and work for biotechnology have drawn global recognition both for Indian Industry and Biocon.
Ms. Shaw is also an independent member of the Board of Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
In addition to her formal qualifications of a Brewmaster from Ballarat University, Australia; she holds several other honourary degrees from renowned international universities like Trinity College, Dublin; University of Abertay, Dundee; University of Glasgow; Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh etc. Ms. Shaw is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Nikkei Asia Prize, 2009 for Regional Growth; Express Pharmaceutical Leadership Summit Award 2009 for Dynamic Entrepreneur; the Economic Times ‘Businesswoman of the Year’; the ‘Veuve Clicquot Initiative’ for Economic Development for Asia; Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award for Life Sciences & Healthcare; ‘Technology Pioneer’ recognition by World Economic Forum and The Indian Chamber of Commerce, ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Her most cherished awards are the two National Civilian Awards, PADMASHRI (1989) and PADMA BHUSHAN (2005) presented to her by the President of India, for her innovative efforts in Industrial Biotechnology. She is also the Honourary Consul of Ireland in Bangalore.
Ms. Shaw has been on the Board of UBL since October 26, 2009.