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She is also the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon. She is a first generation entrepreneur with more than 43 years’ experience in the field of biotechnology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Zoology Hons.) from Bangalore University and a Master’s degree in Malting and Brewing from Ballarat College, Melbourne University. She has been awarded with several honorary degrees including Honorary Doctorate of Science from Ballarat University, National University of Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Glasgow. She is the recipient of several national and global awards, the most noteworthy being the ‘PadmaShri’ and the ‘Padmabhushan’ Award in 1989 and 2005, respectively, conferred by the President of India. She was also conferred with ‘Ernst & Young Best Entrepreneur: Healthcare & Life Sciences Award (2002)’, ‘The Economic Times Business Woman of the Year Award (2004)’, ‘Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth’ by Japan’s business daily, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, (2009) and the ‘Othmer Gold Medal’ by the U.S. based Chemical Heritage Foundation and ‘2014 Global Economy Prize’ by Germany’s Kiel Institute both in 2014. The prestigious Foreign Policy magazine has named her among the ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014’. She has also been named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ by TIME magazine in 2010, ‘25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’ by Fierce Biotech, Asia-Pacific's ‘Heroes of Philanthropy (2013)’ and ‘100 Most Powerful Women 2013 and 2015 by Forbes magazine and Asia's Power Businesswomen 2016 by Forbes Asia.  She was also conferred with the highest French distinction – Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion ’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) in 2016. She is Ranked #1 in Business Captains category in Global ‘Medicine Maker Power List’ 2018. Ms. Shaw is the only Indian in the Hurun Global Self- Made Women Billionaires List 2017. She is also an Independent Director of the Board of Infosys, and is the Chairperson of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. She is a part of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Board of Trustees. She is a member of Karnataka's Vision Group on Biotechnology and currently chairs this forum. She has setup the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE) in 2003 and was its first President. She serves on the National Advisory Council of the Government’s Department of Biotechnology. She is a member of the governing body of the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. She has been a Director of our Company since November 1993.

People: Board Of Directors

Name: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Position: Managing Director

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