Dr. Habil Khorakiwala
Founder Chairman
Dr.Habil Khorakiwala

Dr. Habil Khorakiwala founded Wockhardt in 1967. Today, the Wockhardt Group is India’s leading research-based global healthcare enterprise with relevance in the fields of Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and Super Speciality Hospitals. An alumnus of Purdue University and Harvard Business School, he was the ¬first non-American to be conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in 125 years by Purdue University (Pharmacy School) in 2010.

A member of the World Economic Forum, Dr. Khorakiwala has held many senior positions as an industry representative, and has been lauded and awarded by various institutions and organisations.

As a former president of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry), he has met and shared India’s business and economic dynamics with many Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads-of-State. He has also served as the president of IPA (Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance); as the Chairman of the Board of Governors at the Centre for Organisation Development in Hyderabad, a non-profit, scientific and industrial research organisation and a recognised doctoral research centre; and as the Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, which has emerged as an outstanding institution of higher learning with distinct and focused academic programmes.

 In 2017, Dr. Khorakiwala authored ‘Odyssey of Courage’, a book chronicling his entrepreneurial journey, and in 2018, he established the Wockhardt School of Courage, a unique mentorship programme for young and budding entrepreneurs, which is based on tenets, principles and insights drawn from the book.

Mr. Aman Mehta
Independent Director
Mr. Aman Mehta

Mr. Aman Mehta has been a director of the Company since 2004. An Economics graduate, he has over 35 years of experience in various positions with the HSBC Group. He headed HSBC operations in the Middle East, America, Australia and Asia Pacific. 

Independent Director

Mr. D S Brar has been a Director of the Company since August 2012. He is a B.E. (Electrical) from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, and holds a Master’s degree in Management (Gold Medallist) from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.

Mr. Brar has been associated with the Pharmaceutical Industry for over three decades and his major stint was at Ranbaxy Laboratories, where he rose to become the CEO & Managing Director in the year 1999. Mr. Brar stepped down from this position in 2004 to start his entrepreneurial journey and founded GVK Biosciences Pvt. Ltd., a leading Contract Research & Development Organisation, and later, Excelra Knowledge Solutions Pvt. Ltd., an Informatics/Analytics Company. He is currently the Chairman of both of these Companies. Mr. Brar has also served as a Director of RBI, member on the Board of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, member of the Board of Governors of IIM, Lucknow, Chairman of Indian MNC Council of CII, and member of FICCI. Mr. Brar serves on the Boards of Mphasis Limited; Essel Propack Limited (as Chairman of the Board); and Maruti Suzuki India Limited; and acts as an Advisor to start-ups funded by Private Equity and Venture funds.

For his service and contribution to the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Brar was honoured with the Dean’s Medal by the Tufts University School of Medicine, USA, in 2004. The Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) conferred upon Mr. Brar the ‘FABA Special Award 2011’ for his contribution to the BioPharma sector.

Independent Director

Dr. Sanjaya Baru has been a Director on the Board of Wockhardt since April 2012. With a Ph.D and a Master’s degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dr. Baru is Distinguished Fellow, United Service Institution of India and recently named as Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi.

In the past, Dr. Sanjaya Baru was the official spokesman and media advisor to the Prime Minister of India and has also served as Secretary-General, FICCI, Director of Geo-economics and Strategy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, Editor of the Business Standard, Chief Editor of The Financial Express, and as Associate Editor of The Economic Times and The Times of India.

Mrs. Tasneem Mehta
Independent Director
Mrs Tasneem Mehta

Mrs. Tasneem Mehta has been a Director on the Board of Wockhardt since September 2014. She is Managing Trustee and Honorary Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, and a Former Vice Chairman and Mumbai Convenor, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.

Mrs. Mehta is an art historian, conservationist, writer, curator and designer, who has successfully pioneered the revival and restoration of several cultural sites in Mumbai. She has conceptualised, curated, designed and implemented the restoration and revitalisation of the Museum and the ongoing exhibitions and outreach programmes. The Museum won UNESCO’s 2005 Asia Pacific ‘Award of Excellence’. The Museum has been nominated for several awards for its outstanding work. Mrs. Mehta is the Academic Chair of the Museum's Diploma on Modern and Contemporary Art History and Curatorial Studies, which is in its 8th year. She has also written and edited several books.

Mrs. Mehta is a member of International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and has served on several Indian museum boards and government committees for art and culture. She was the CII Chair for Culture in 2011 and presented an exhibition of Indian Art at Davos the same year. She was selected as a Mumbai Hero by Mumbai Mirror and has received several awards. Harvard University included her in a list of 25 women who have made an outstanding public contribution in India.

Mr. Vinesh Kumar Jairath
Independent Director
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Mr. Vinesh Kumar Jairath has been a Director on the Board of Wockhardt since November 2016. Mr. Jairath joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1982 and served in various important positions in Government of Maharashtra and Government of India till March 2008, when he took voluntary retirement. He has served as the Managing Director of SICOM and subsequently as Principal Secretary of Industries at Government of Maharashtra until 2008. He has over 25 years of experience in public administration, rural development, poverty alleviation, infrastructure planning and development and infrastructure financing, finance, industry, urban development, and environmental management, while occupying important positions in Government.

Mr. Akhilesh Gupta
Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent Director)

Mr. Akhilesh Gupta has been a director on the board of Wockhardt since August 2020. He holds an MBA degree from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi which conferred on him the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004.

Mr. Gupta served as the Chairman of Blackstone India till December 2014. He also served as CEO - Corporate Development, for Reliance Industries Limited. He was associated with Strategic Planning Associates and ICF International in Washington D.C., where he became a partner at the firm, and then as Chief Financial Officer of two integrated retailers and manufacturers of furniture in California.

Mr. Gupta currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, on The Dean’s Leadership Council at Harvard Divinity School, on the Advisory Board of Human Flourishing Initiative at Harvard University and on the Board of World Teach. He has been on the Boards of several Blackstone portfolio companies, Larsen & Toubro, and Reliance group companies. He is one of the founding members of Asia Society (India Chapter) and a Partner in The Acumen Fund.

Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala
Executive Director
Mr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala

Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from Yale University School of Management, USA. He joined the Company in July 1996 and has, over the years, led various Wockhardt businesses. He has been the Executive Director of the Company since April 2009.

He also serves as Trustee & CEO of Wockhardt Foundation, whose flagship programme, Mobile 1000, runs Mobile Medical Units delivering free primary healthcare to rural and remote India. He is the Founder of The World Peacekeepers Movement, an online movement of more than 2 million peacekeepers.

Dr. Huzaifa is a recipient of 13 honorary doctorates and many other prestigious awards and titles including a Knighthood, which was bestowed on him by the Ecumenical, Medical, Humanitarian Order of Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights of Charity).

Dr. Murtaza Khorakiwala
Managing Director
Dr. Murtaza Khorakiwala

Dr. Murtaza Khorakiwala represents a unique blend of scientific knowledge and business acumen. A graduate in Medicine from GS Medical College, Mumbai, India, and Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Illinois, USA, he has been Managing Director of Wockhardt Limited since April 2009.

Thinking out of the box, challenging assumptions, and innovation are some of the key principles that shape his strategic thought process. His young and dynamic leadership has become the ideal springboard for various corporate initiatives in creating a new Wockhardt. A member of the executive committee of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA), he was the past Chairman of the Marketing Committee of the Bombay Management Association. In 2018, Dr. Murtaza was elected as President of the Bombay Management Association (BMA).

Ms. Zahabiya Khorakiwala
Non-Executive Director
Ms. Zahabiya Khorakiwala

Ms. Zahabiya Khorakiwala is the Managing Director of Wockhardt Hospitals Ltd. and is responsible for strategic decisions, identifying new business opportunities, and creating viable and sustainable business models to drive growth in the overall operations of the hospital chain. She is also a Director on the Board of RPG Life Sciences Limited.

Ms. Khorakiwala was schooled at the prestigious Aiglon College in Switzerland; did her graduation from New York University; and received an MBA degree from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Ms. Khorakiwala has also set up Wockhardt Global School, a state-of-the-art K-12 school with International Baccalaureate & CBSE programmes in Aurangabad..