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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Birth: March 23, 1953
Achievements: Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon Ltd; Felicitated with Padmashri (1989) and Padma Bhushan (2005).

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon Limited was educated at the Bishop Cotton Girls School and Mount Carmel College at Bangalore. After obtaining a B.Sc. Honours degree in Zoology from Bangalore University in 1973, she joined the Ballarat University in Melbourne, Australia and qualified as a master brewer in 1975 to become India's first woman Brew master. Her father encouraged her in this profession, as he himself was a master brewer in India. Her professional career started with the position of trainee brewer in Carlton & United Beverages in 1974. During 1975-77, she worked in technical positions in Kolkata and Vadodara. In 1978, she joined as Trainee Manager with Biocon Biochemicals Limited in Ireland. In Biocon collaborating with the same Irish firm, she founded Biocon India with a capital of Rs. 10,000/- in her garage in 1978. The initial operation was to extract an enzyme from papaya. Under Kiran Mazumdar Shaw's stewardship Biocon transformed from an industrial enzymes company to an integrated biopharmaceutical company with strategic research initiatives. Today, Biocon is recognised as India's pioneering biotech enterprise. In 2004, Biocon came up with an IPO and the issue was over-subscribed by over 30 times. Post-IPO, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw held close to 40% of the stock of the company and was regarded as India's richest woman with an estimated worth of Rs. 2,100 crore.

She is a civic activist, especially with respect to municipal administration in Bangalore. She is also an art collector. She has authored 'Ale and Arty,' a Coffee table book about brewing beer illustrated by paintings of some of India's renowned artists.Famous brewing families and beer firms are the subject of the book. In 1998, she married John Shaw, an expatriate manager and Indophile from Scotland at Madura Coats. John Shaw resigned as the managing director of Madura Coats the same year and joined Biocon as its Director for International Business and the Vice Chairman of the Board.she is also a great enthusiastic trekker.

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.. 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. She is married to John Shaw, a Scotsman and Indophile, who headed a leading textiles MNC, Madura Coats from 1991-1998 as Chairman and Managing Director. John Shaw has since joined Biocon as Director, International.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has held several honorary and advisory positions. like
Chairperson and Mission Leader of CII's (Confederation of Indian industry) National Task Force on Biotechnology,
Member, The Prime Minister?s Council on Trade & Industry in India.
Board member, BVGH (Bio-Ventures for Global Health)
Member, Board of Science Foundation, Ireland
Member, Board of Governors, IIM Bangalore
Chairperson, Karnataka's Vision Group on Biotechnology
Member, Advisory Council of the Government?s Department of Biotechnology
Vice-President, Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka (AWAKE

Adjudged the "Most Influential" person in bio-business outside the US and Europe according to an international poll conducted by the Nature Biotechnology journal 2006
"Padmabhushan" for contribution to biotechnology and research in India, Government of India, 2005
Honoured with the Corporate Leadership Award by the American India Foundation (AIF), at its second Annual Fall Benefit Gala, California, 2005.
Received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, 2005.
The Indian Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005
Received an Honorary Doctorate from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), in recognition of outstanding achievements in biotechnology and industrial enzymes, 2005.
"Rotary Award for Corporate Citizenship 2005."
"Business Leader of the Year Award - Biotechnology", Chemtech - Pharma Bio Awards, 2005.
.Received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Ballarat University, in recognition of pre-eminent contribution to the field of Biotechnology, 2004."Best reinvention of HR function award, Indira Group, Mumbai, 2004
"Business Woman Of The Year Award", The Economic Times, 2004
"Best Employer Of India Award", Hewitt, 2004
"Bio-Business Award" for bio-entrepreneurship, Rabo India, 2003
"Express Pharma Pulse Award" for excellence in the pharmaceutical industry, 2003
"Alumni High Achiever Award", Australian Alumni Association, 2003
"Karnataka Rajyotsava Award" for pioneering biotechnology in India, the Government of Karnataka, 2002
"Best Entrepreneur: Healthcare & Life Sciences Award", Ernst & Young, 2002
"Sir M. Visvesvaraya Memorial Award" for contribution to biotechnology, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI), 2002
"Biotech Product, Process Development and Commercialisation Award", Department of Biotechnology - Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2001
"Technology Pioneer Recognition", World Economic Forum, 2000
"Woman of the Year Award", International Women's Association, Chennai, 1999
"Golden Jubilee Felicitation", Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, 1998
"Padmashri" for pioneering biotechnology in India, Government of India, 1989
"Outstanding Young Person Award", Jaycees India, 1987 "Export Performance Award", Karnataka State Financial Corporation (KSFC), 1985
"National Award for Best Small Industry", Government of India, 1985
"Outstanding Contribution Award", AWAKE, 1983
"Best Small Scale Industry in Karnataka Award", Rotary Club, Karnataka, 1983
"Best Model Employer Award", Rotary Club, Karnataka, 1983
"Best Woman Entrepreneur Award", National Institute of Marketing Management, India, 1982
Source: http://www.biocon.com/biocon_aboutus_kmprofile.asp
Biospectrum July 2004