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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Executive Chairperson
Biocon & Biocon Biologics

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, Kiran is recognised as a thought leader who has made her country proud by building a globally recognised biopharmaceutical enterprise. Biocon is committed to innovation and delivering best-in-class, affordable therapeutics to patients across the globe.

As a global influencer, she is ranked among ‘the 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 recognised 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. Kiran has been ranked as one of the world’s top 20 inspirational leaders in the field of biopharmaceuticals by The Medicine Maker Power List 2021, an index of the 100 most influential people across the globe in the field of medicine, where she has been featured consecutively since 2015.

Kiran has been elected as a full-term member of the Board of Trustees of The MIT Corporation, U.S., and is additionally on the advisory board of the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health at MIT (J- Clinic), U.S., which seeks to transform healthcare with artificial intelligence and machine learning. She also serves on the Board of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, and PureTech Health, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, U.S. 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, for her contribution to the development of affordable bio-pharmaceuticals and the biotechnology industry in India, and she is the first female Foreign Fellow to be elected as a member of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. She has been elected as the Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge

She is Non-Executive Director on the Board of Narayana Health and served as the Lead Independent Member of the Board of Infosys Ltd from 2018 to 2023.

Kiran 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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