Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, Asia’s leading biopharmaceuticals enterprise.
Kiran is a well-regarded global influencer and has been named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Her pioneering efforts in biotechnology have drawn global recognition for both the Indian industry and Biocon.
She has been recognized as the only Indian on Forbes list of ‘World's Self-Made Women Billionaires’. She has been featured in Forbes list of ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’, consecutively since 2010, and named among Forbes list of ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’. She has also been featured in Forbes Asia’s ‘50 Power Businesswomen’ list and Forbes ‘India Rich Lists’.
She has been featured in Scientific American’s ‘The Worldview 100 List’ of most influential visionaries and in Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific’. She topped the ‘Medicine Maker Power List 2018’, in the Business Captains category, an index of the 100 most influential people across the globe in the field of medicine.
Kiran has been conferred with the prestigious AWSM Award for Excellence in 2017, by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of Northwell Health and the U.S. based Chemical Heritage Foundation conferred her with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’. She has also been conferred with the Highest French Distinction – ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’ in 2016, and ‘The Global Economy Prize for Business’ in 2014 by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany, for her outstanding contribution and dedication to the biosciences and research field globally. She is the proud recipient of India’s two highest civilian honours - Padma Shri in 1989 and Padma Bhushan in 2005.
Kiran is a member of the Board of Trustees of The MIT Corporation, USA and most recently 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. She also serves on the Board of Infosys, Narayana Health and IIT Bombay.
She is the second Indian and first woman signatory to the Gates Foundation’s ‘Giving Pledge’, committing to donate a majority of her fortune to charity.