Board of Directors
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 and 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
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’s operations in the Middle East, America and Asia Pacific.
Mr. D S BRAR
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 and 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 four decades with a major stint at Ranbaxy Laboratories, where he rose to become the CEO and 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. (Now Aragen Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd.), a leading Contract Research and Development Organisation, and later, Excelra Knowledge Solutions Pvt. Ltd., an Informatics/Analytics Company. He is currently the Chairman of both these Companies. Mr. Brar has also served as a Director of Reserve Bank of India; member on the Board of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research; member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow; Chairman of Indian MNC Council of CII; and member of FICCI. Mr. Brar serves on the Boards of Mphasis Limited and EPL Limited (as Chairman of the Board); Maruti Suzuki India Limited; Punjab Innovation Mission; Mountain Trail Foods; Konnect Agro and acts as an Advisor to start-ups funded by Private Equity and Venture funds. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the USA-India Chamber of Commerce (USAIC).
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.
Dr. SANJAYA BARU
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, Centre for Air Power Studies, India, and was till recently named as Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi.
In the past, Dr. Sanjaya Baru was the media advisor to the Prime Minister of India. He 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. Dr. Baru was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board and has served on the Governing Board of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has also been a visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, and the Indian School of Public Policy, New Delhi.
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. 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
Mr. Vinesh Kumar Jairath has been a Director on the Board of Wockhardt since November 2016. He 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 in the 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
Mr. Akhilesh Gupta has been a Director on the Board of Wockhardt since August 2020. An Advanced Leadership Senior Fellow at Harvard University, he also holds an MBA degree from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Mr. Gupta served as the Chairman of Blackstone India till December 2014. Prior to Blackstone, he served as CEO – Corporate Development for Reliance Industries Limited from 1992 till 2005.
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; and on the Advisory Board of Human Flourishing Initiative at Harvard University. He has served on the Boards of several Blackstone portfolio companies, Larsen & Toubro, and Reliance Group companies.
MS. AMELIA FERNANDES
Additional (Independent) Director
Ms. Fernandes is an independent journalist. She was Editor of India’s leading women’s magazine, Femina; Editor, Features with a daily publication including Saturday Times; Editor, Special Projects at The Times of India and Editor of the Sunday edition of the DNA newspaper. She conceptualised and brought out Jade, a successful magazine for South India. She has also taught journalism at St Andrew’s College and at St Paul’s Institute of Communications.
Ms. Fernandes is passionate about magazine journalism and has brought out as many as five publications on various subjects at one time. She is currently Director of Literature Live! Mumbai’s only literary festival and considered one of the best in India. Literature Live! conducts literary events and workshops all through the year. She is also Director of Blank Slate Knowledge Foundation, which engages with students to promote and inculcate the joys of reading through extra- curricular activities.
Dr. 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 and 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 over 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
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). He has also served as President of ICC India, International Chamber of Commerce, in the year 2020-21.
Ms. ZAHABIYA KHORAKIWALA
Ms. Zahabiya Khorakiwala is the Managing Director of Wockhardt Hospitals Limited 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.
Championed by robust Research and Development, Ms. Khorakiwala has instituted a cutting-edge regenerative medicine business, the newest venture of the Wockhardt Group. Ms. Khorakiwala has also set up Wockhardt Global School, a state-of-the-art K-12 school with International Baccalaureate Continuum and CBSE programmes in Aurangabad.