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The Australia South Asia Research Centre presents

2015 Narayanan Oration

Public Lecture


2nd March 2015


Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre, Building 130, Cnr Garran Rd and Liversidge St, The Australian National University.


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited.



The 2015 Narayanan Oration is presented by The Australia South Asia Research Centre. This year the lecture will be delivered by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, India. The topic of the lecture will be innovating for growth: building India-Australia high-tech business cooperation through start-ups.

The annual Narayanan Oration is an important event in The Australia National University’s calendar. This oration series honours India’s past-President, Dr K R Narayanan. The current President of India sends a forwarding message to be read out just prior to the oration by India’s High Commissioner in Canberra. Thus the oration provides Australian audiences an invaluable link to Indian policymakers at the very highest level.

Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, is a successful technocrat of global standing. Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw heads India’s leading biopharmaceutical enterprise, Biocon. She is highly respected in the corporate world and has been named among TIME magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World.’ She has also featured in Fierce Biotech’s list of ‘World’s 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’ and is recognised among Forbes ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ globally. US-based Chemical Heritage Foundation recently conferred Ms Mazumdar-Shaw with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’ and Germany-based Kiel Institute for the World Economy awarded her its coveted ‘2014 Global Economy Prize’ for Business. Her most cherished awards are the national awards, PADMA SHRI (1989) and PADMA BHUSHAN (2005), presented to her by the President of India for her pioneering efforts in biotechnology.

Ms Mazumdar-Shaw’s commitment to affordable healthcare extends beyond business. She is passionately focused on innovation-led healthcare solutions for sustainable and affordable health-care for the marginalized communities. Her philanthropic initiatives include an innovative micro-health insurance program based on delivering cashless healthcare through primary healthcare clinics in rural areas of Karnataka, an education initiative based on math education for school children in government schools as well as making quality cancer care affordable to a larger patient population.

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