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 is the only non-American in the 125-year history of Purdue University to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, the highest award that they bestow.

A member of the World Economic Forum, Dr. Khorakiwala has held many senior positions as 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 is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governors at the Centre for Organisation Development in Hyderabad, a non-profit, scientific and industrial research organization and a recognized doctoral research centre. He is also the Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, which has emerged as an outstanding institution of higher learning with distinct and focused academic programmes.

Mr. Aman Mehta
Non-Executive 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. 

Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. D S Brar has been a director of the Company since April 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. Mr. Brar was a Member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on pharmaceuticals and knowledge-based industries. Mr. Brar also served as a director of Reserve Bank of India, member on the Board of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, and member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He is currently member of the Consultative Group on Exports of Pharmaceutical Products under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, Industry & Textiles, Government of India.

Non-Executive Independent Director

Dr. Sanjaya Baru has been a director on the board of Wockhardt since April 2012. With a Ph.D and master’s degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dr. Baru is director of Geo-economics and Strategy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, and a Honorary Senior Fellow and member of the Governing Board, Centre for Policy Research, 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 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
Non-Executive Independent Director
Mrs Tasneem Mehta

Ms. Tasneem Mehta has been a director on the board of Wockhardt since September 2014. Ms. Mehta is an art historian, writer, curator, designer and museum expert who has studied Fine Arts and Design at the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy from Columbia University, New York, a master’s degree in English from the University of Delhi, and a postgraduate diploma in Art History from London.

Ms. Mehta has successfully pioneered the revival and restoration of several of Mumbai's important cultural sites. In 2010, she was elected Vice Chairman of INTACH, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and has been the Convenor of the Mumbai Chapter and member of the Governing Council since 1996. Since 2003, Ms. Mehta is the Managing Trustee and Honorary Director of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai City Museum, (the erstwhile Victoria and Albert Museum) which won the prestigious UNESCO 2005 Asia Pacific 'Award of Excellence' for Cultural Conservation.

Mr. Vinesh Kumar Jairath
Non-Executive Independent Director
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Mr. Jairath joined Indian Administrative Service in 1982 and served till March 2008.  He has served as the Managing Director of SICOM and subsequently 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, environmental management, while occupying various important positions in the Government of India and the State Government of Maharashtra.

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.

Mrs. Rima Marphatia
Nominee Director

Mrs. Rima Marphatia, Chief General Manager, Export-Import Bank of India, holds business responsibility for the Bank’s Corporate Banking Group which offers a number of financing programs for Export Oriented Units (EOUs), importers and for companies making overseas investments. The financing programs cater to the term loan requirements of Indian exporters for financing their new projects, expansion, modernization, purchase of equipment, R&D, overseas investments and also working capital requirements.

She joined Exim Bank in 1990 and since then has had a wide ranging exposure in the areas of Corporate lending, Structured Finance, Risk Management, MIS, Accounting and Treasury. She stood first in the Bombay University in the Bachelor of Commerce degree stream in 1988 and followed it up with a post graduate qualification in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, where she specialised in Finance. She has benefited from a number of specialised training programmes, both in India and abroad. She has represented Exim Bank on various committees set up by the Reserve Bank of India on issues pertinent to Financial Institutions and has served as the Bank’s Nominee Director on the Boards of assisted companies.

Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala
Executive Director
Mr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala

Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Mumbai University. He 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 run various Wockhardt businesses and served in Corporate Administration. He is the Executive Director of the Company since April 2009.

Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala devotes a significant part of his time to Wockhardt’s corporate social responsibility activities. He serves as CEO of Wockhardt Foundation.

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.

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

Ms. Zahabiya Khorakiwala, is the Non- Executive Director of  Wockhardt Limited. She has earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and has an experience of more than a decade in the area of strategy and leadership.

Presently, Ms. Zahabiya is heading Wockhardt Hospitals as the Managing Director and is responsible for the strategic decisions, identifying new business opportunities, creating viable and sustainable business models to drive growth of overall operations of the hospital chain.

Ms. Zahabiya is also a Director on the Board of RPG Life Sciences Limited and other corporates.