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

Crusader for Affordable Healthcare

Financial Chronicle: Big Interview: Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw spoke to FC on a range of topics, including women as entrepreneurs, philanthropy, affordable healthcare, citizen activism etc. Here’s the full version of the interview. As a woman business leader, what are some of the challenges you have encountered in getting to the top and how were … Continue reading Crusader for Affordable Healthcare

Why Women on Board Make Smart Business Sense?

Is India Inc.’s new found enthusiasm to have woman board members a reflection of changing mindsets or mere tokenism? Media reports suggest that more than 250 companies appointed women directors on Tuesday to meet the SEBI’s deadline. In fact, many companies have appointed wives, daughters and sisters of promoters and top company executives as directors … Continue reading Why Women on Board Make Smart Business Sense?

Stamp Out Sexual Violence Against Women

Today, women can be seen in greater numbers in what were previously perceived as “male-dominated” professions. Attitudes towards women at the workplace have changed a lot from the time I started Biocon in 1978 as a young, 25-year-old woman entrepreneur, with no business background and limited financial resources. Professionals did not want to work for me … Continue reading Stamp Out Sexual Violence Against Women

Fairness In The Workplace Should Focus On Gender Equality

Historically, the corporate world has been a male bastion with restricted entry to women. It is only in recent times that this “men only” club has opened up membership to women.  This has seen a steady increase of women professionals in the corporate workplace the world over and India is no exception.  Corporate India now … Continue reading Fairness In The Workplace Should Focus On Gender Equality

Women at Work: Biocon Founder on Philanthropy, Sexism and Politics

In the first in a series of interviews with women who are leaders in their field in India, The Wall Street Journal’s India Real Time met Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the founder of biotechnology company Biocon Ltd. 532523.BY +0.16%, and one of India’s richest women. Last month, Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw was named by Forbes as one of the most generous people in Asia. … Continue reading Women at Work: Biocon Founder on Philanthropy, Sexism and Politics