The Giving Pledge Letter by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

In 2016, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw became the first woman and the second Indian to sign 'The Giving Pledge' of Gates Foundation, a global initiative created by Warren Buffet and Bill & Melinda Gates wherein she gave the majority of her wealth to philanthropic causes. Ms. Shaw wants to be remembered as someone who made a difference … Continue reading The Giving Pledge Letter by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Unleashing the Power of Women Entrepreneurs to Build a US$5-Trillion Indian Economy

  By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson & Managing Director, Biocon     India is home to nearly 18% of the world’s population and women make up almost half of that number. Women thus have a crucial role to play in driving the Indian economy to the aspirational US$5-trillion milestone by 2025. Entrepreneurship remains critical to harness … Continue reading Unleashing the Power of Women Entrepreneurs to Build a US$5-Trillion Indian Economy

India Needs a New Deal for Rural India

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw The Modi government has to urgently bridge the urban-rural divide. Here’s where it should begin Welfare funding does not cure or address the root cause of poverty. It only treats the symptoms. The root cause of poverty is about lack of skills and economic opportunity As our economy grows—sometimes rapidly and sometimes hesitantly—the … Continue reading India Needs a New Deal for Rural India

NDA 2.0 MUST IMPLEMENT & EXECUTE 5-YEAR STRAT PLAN ENVISIONED IN NDA 1.0

The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had swept the polls in 2014 on a promise of inclusive economic development – “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas”. Mr Modi has continued with this winning streak in 2019, leading the NDA to another sweeping victory. In its first 5-year term, the NDA developed an economic agenda that sought … Continue reading NDA 2.0 MUST IMPLEMENT & EXECUTE 5-YEAR STRAT PLAN ENVISIONED IN NDA 1.0

Balancing Patient Convenience with Environmental Protection

Kiran Mazumdar –Shaw, CMD Biocon There are nearly half a billion diabetes patients in the world today and by 2040 that number is expected to climb to over 640 million. Even as diabetes incidence grows across the globe, developed markets like the U.S. are grappling with astronomical prices of one of the key medications for … Continue reading Balancing Patient Convenience with Environmental Protection

My address to Biocon Women Employees on International Women’s Day 2019

Today, as the first women employee of Biocon, I celebrate a lot of things done right at Biocon in last 40 years. When I started Biocon in 1978, there were very few women keen in business space.  I was perhaps the first tech startup in India because IT came to India a little later after … Continue reading My address to Biocon Women Employees on International Women’s Day 2019

Budget 2019 Must Address Some Immediate Needs in the Larger Interest of the Economy

The Budget that will be presented on February 1, 2019 will have to factor the forthcoming general elections and I therefore expect it to be populist in nature. The Agriculture, Healthcare and Education sectors are likely to receive priority attention. However, I do expect certain Industry sectors like the MSME and Start-ups to receive a … Continue reading Budget 2019 Must Address Some Immediate Needs in the Larger Interest of the Economy

Kannada With English Education Can Prepare Karnataka Youth to Succeed in a Globalized World

To read the Kannada version please Click Here As a Kannadiga, it pains me to see that my comments suggesting that students should learn both Kannada and English in schools being deliberately misinterpreted to suggest I support English as a medium of education over Kannada. Nothing could be further from the truth. Kannada is my … Continue reading Kannada With English Education Can Prepare Karnataka Youth to Succeed in a Globalized World