Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar was the Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research for over eleven years, and also served as the President of Indian National Science Academy.
He is only the third Indian engineer to have been elected as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London in the twentieth century. He was elected Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Science in 2005, Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Engineering in 2003 and Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, UK in 1996. Dr. Mashelkar has won over 50 awards and medals from several bodies for his outstanding contribution in the field of science and technology. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by 27 universities from across the world. He is the only scientist so far to have won the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award. In 2011, Dr. Mashelkar was named National Research Professor by the Government of India.
Ranjana Kumar, Board Member
A career banker with 40 years’ experience in domestic and international banking, Mrs. Ranjana Kumar has been chairman of Indian Bank, Canara Bank and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Most recently, she served as India's Chief Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission.
Mrs. Kumar was instrumental in transforming the Indian Bank from a loss-making entity to a viable business, and was named 'India's Turnaround Queen' by The Economist for this achievement. Prior to Indian Bank, she was chairman of Canara Bank, and also served as CEO of Bank of India's US operations from 1995-99.
In 2002, Business Standard named Mrs. Kumar 'Banker of the Year', and in 2013, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Business World magazine.
Venkateswarlu (Venkat) Nelabhotla, President & Board Member
Venkat comes with a very rich and global experience of more than 25 years, successfully leading organizations in the biotech and cosmoceutics businesses. He held top management roles in the biotech and pharmaceutical companies like Shantha Biotechnics (A Sanofi Company) and Aurobindo Pharma and he immensely contributed to their all-round growth. He was instrumental in creating market focus and orchestrating vaccine portfolio strategy in Shantha Biotech - a biosimilar and vaccine company, and it was eventually acquired by Sanofi for $800 million USD. He has been a part of significant revenue growth and value creation in Aurobindo Pharma in the global business segment of APIs and finished dosage form products in multiple therapy areas.
He has held CEO and President roles in Emami and Cavinkare, cosmoceutical and consumer product companies in India with global operations, creating value and growing them significantly with an all rounded approach. During his stint at Emami (a listed company) as CEO, the company's market cap increased from $ 300 MN to $ 1.2 BN. During the early part of his career, he created some very successful Cosmoceutical brands in Cavinkare, and built the organization with a 10X revenue increase in 6 years’ time.
He comes with core strengths in Strategy, Innovation, Technology, Commercialization, Organization building, Finance, M&A. Venkat has received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, India.
Dr. Shiladitya Sengupta, Board Member
Dr. Shiladitya Sengupta is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Co-Founder of Invictus Oncology, Cerulean Pharmaceuticals and Mitra Biotech. Shiladitya's research focuses on the development of novel nanomedicines for cancer and angiogenesis-based diseases. In 2005, he was recognized as one of the top 35 innovators worldwide by MIT Technology Review magazine. He has also received the Shakuntala Amir Chand Award from the Indian Council for Medical Research.
Shiladitya is an alumnus of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and completed his PhD as a Nehru Scholar from Trinity College at Cambridge University and was a Fellow at MIT before joining Harvard. He has published over 35 papers, including in Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.