Dr. Y. K. Hamied
Dr. Y. K. Hamied is Non-Executive Chairman of Cipla, and represents the second generation of Cipla’s founding family. A world-renowned scientist, Dr. Hamied obtained his PhD in organic chemistry in 1960 from the University of Cambridge under the tutelage of the Nobel laureate Lord Alexander Todd. He joined Cipla in the same year as an R&D Officer. Dr. Hamied was appointed Managing Director of Cipla in 1976 and became Chairman of Cipla in 1989. He retired as Managing Director on 31st March 2013 and has continued to be the Chairman in a non-executive role since 1st April 2013.
For close to 60 years, Dr. Hamied has been an insightful R&D leader, a courageous industry captain, and an outspoken statesman of global pharma. From affordable drugs in HIV to enabling one of the world’s largest portfolio of drugs and devices in inhalation therapy, his pioneering work and immense contribution to healthcare have been celebrated around the world. For his distinguished service to the pharmaceutical industry, in 2005, Dr. Hamied was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. In 2013, Dr. Hamied was named by NDTV as one of India’s 25 Greatest Global Living Legends, and in 2014, the University of Cambridge awarded him a D.Sc, the highest honour that the University can bestow. Dr. Hamied has been the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards, he is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is a frequent presence on high-level international panels on healthcare.