Ms. Shobana Kamineni
Executive Vice Chairperson
Ms. Shobana Kamineni is the Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and a member of its founding family. Championing special initiatives, she has built three billion-dollar verticals for the Apollo Group and is steering India’s largest integrated digital healthcare platform – Apollo 24/7. She also helms Apollo Pharmacy, India’s largest pharmacy chain with a pan-India network of over 5700+ stores. She was the founder and served as chairperson of Apollo Munich Health Insurance, leading the business for 9 years, before its merger with HDFC ERGO. Following her passion to further cutting-edge research and development, she championed the creation and incubation of “Biobank”, a catalogued library of ethically consented and anonymized bio-samples. The initiative was recognized as one of the top 10 ideas of the decade in Life Sciences by Time Magazine.
An active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Ms. Shobana created history by becoming the first ever woman President of CII (2017-18) in more than 100 years since its founding.
Fiercely determined to improve public health systems across the world, she accepted a Board and Audit committee position in the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), an international non-profit organization that works on developing much-needed diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases. She is also the founder of ‘Billion Hearts Beating’ – an NGO dedicated to educating Indians about preventing heart disease and staying heart-healthy.
Ms. Shobana has served as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Health and Healthcare Industry Governors’ Community, Co-Chair of the WEF’s Closing the Skills Gap Taskforce in India and currently serves as a board member at the Edison Alliance at the World Economic Forum. Her mission at WEF has been focused on preparing India’s workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and developing India as a lighthouse country to accelerate digital inclusion in the health sector.
Ms. Shobana has been a recipient of numerous prestigious national awards for entrepreneurship and leadership. The Women Economic Forum honoured her with the award of ‘Businesswomen of the Decade’ in recognition of her work in healthcare and women empowerment. She was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science by the prestigious Bryant University, USA, in recognition of her life’s work in healthcare & pharmaceuticals and her leadership role in business expansion in India. In 2023, in recognition of her outstanding contributions, the BML Munjal University (BMU) conferred upon her an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa). This honour was bestowed for her entrepreneurial acumen, transformative leadership, and significant contributions to healthcare innovation and women’s empowerment.
UPDATED ON 15/11/2023