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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Executive Chairperson
Biocon Limited

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 ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ and Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific.’ She has been recognized as the only Indian on Forbes' list of 'World's Self-Made Women Billionaires.' She has been 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. She has been ranked as one of the world’s top 20 inspirational leaders in the field of biopharmaceuticals by The Medicine Maker Power List 2020, an index of the 100 most influential people across the globe in the field of medicine, where she has been featured consecutively since 2015.

Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw has been elected as a full-term member of the Board of Trustees of The MIT Corporation, USA, and is also on the advisory board of the recently established Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health at MIT (J-Clinic), U.S., which seeks to transform healthcare with artifical intelligence and machine learning. She serves on the board of advisors for The National Society of High School Scholars, U.S., and is on the board of trustees of the Keck Graduate Institute in the U.S. She has been elected as a member of the prestigious U.S. based National Academy of Engineering (NAE), for her contribution to the development of affordable bio-pharmaceuticals and the biotechnology industry in India, and she is a first female Foreign Fellow to be elected as a member of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

She is a Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, founder member of the Society for the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore and is the past Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. She also serves as the Lead Independent Member of the Board of Infosys Ltd and Non-Executive Director on the Board of Narayana Health.

Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree in science (Zoology Hons.) from Bangalore University and has earned 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 in the field of biotechnology.

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