Winner for Woman Executive of the Year Award – Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chief Managing Director, Biocon

This award is to recognise and honour a woman achiever based not just on what she has done for biopharma industry, but also what she has done for the society. It is a celebration of courage, grit and professionalism that has brought about optimal results for the industry. The nominee must play a significant role in the Asia region and has exhibited these qualities during the 12 months prior to the congress date.
Candidate should possess the following qualities:
  • Degree of outstanding commitment to disease prevention and treatment
  • Level of exemplary leadership throughout the year
  • Contribution to company performance, communication and vision
  • Influence within the Asia biopharma industry
  • Achievements made with regards to company positioning and status

The finalists for the Woman Executive of the Year award are:

  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw CMD, Biocon
  • Ming-Chu Hsu, Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Taigen
  • Anna Protopapas, Executive VP Global Business Development, Takeda
  • Anna Lavelle, CEO, AusBiotech
  • Tamar Ben-Yedidia, CSO of BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Winner for Woman Executive of the Year Award is Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chief Managing Director, Biocon

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw’s pioneering efforts in biotechnology have drawn global recognition both for Indian Industry and Biocon. Her unique vision has steered Biocon’s transition from an industrial enzymes company to an integrated biopharmaceutical company with strategic research initiatives. Biocon is today recognised as India’s pioneering biotech enterprise. As Chairperson and Mission Leader of CII’s National Task Force on Biotechnology she has led several delegations to USA, Canada, UK, etc. to propel India into the global super league of biotech trailblazers. She chairs Karnataka’s Vision Group on Biotechnology and has served on the Board of Science Foundation, Ireland. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Government's Department of Biotechnology where she has been instrumental in bringing government, industry and academia together, to chart a clear and progressive growth path for Biotechnology in India. Kiran is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the ET Businesswoman of the Year, Best Woman Entrepreneur, Model Employer, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Life Sciences & Healthcare, Leading Exporter, Outstanding Citizen, Technology Pioneer, etc. Her most cherished awards however are two of India's highest civilian honours – the PADMASHRI (1989) presented to her by the erstwhile President of India, for her pioneering efforts in Industrial Biotechnology and the PADMABHUSHAN (2005) received from the President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. A successful technocrat of global standing, Kiran is highly respected in the corporate world. She is a much sought after biotech pioneer who has been referred to as “India’s Biotech Queen” by The Economist and “India’s mother of invention” by New York Times.

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