2nd Pre- Connect Congress 2016

All Speakers

Amit Maheshwari

Managing Director

Finar Limited

Mr. Amit Maheshwari joined Finar since its inception in 1998 and is a part of the promoter team. He has been instrumental in development of the Pharmaceutical business and filing of DMFs with US FDA for the Excipients range. He has also lead a team of professionals for SAP implementation in the company to achieve operational efficiency & optimum resource utilization. He holds a Management degree in International Business from the Nirma University, Ahmedabad.

Mr.Maheshwari assumed the responsibility as Managing Director in March 2015. He is committed to organizational growth & manpower development through training and mentoring to employees enabling them to enhance their skills, competencies and techniques to face market challenges in a competitive environment.

Amit Sanghvi

Managing Director

Shaily Engineering Plastics Limited

Educated as an electrical engineer with a master's in supply chain management from the Pennsylvania State University, Amit Sanghvi is both, a young professional and an entrepreneur with solid experience in business process, strategy and business development. He has been instrumental in transforming a plastics manufacturing business into a company that is sought after by customers, suppliers and investors alike. He has successfully positioned Shaily as one of very few manufacturers of complex drug delivery devices and primary packaging for both domestic and regulated markets from India. Prior to joining Shaily, Amit has worked as a business process consultant for global beverage majors such as Pepsi and Coke.

Ashok Bhattacharya

Managing Director

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Bhupendar Saggu

Lead - Life Sciences Professional Services

Clarivate Analytics

Formerly the IP & Science business

Thomson Reuters

Bhupendar leads the Life Sciences Professional Services for Clarivate Analytics , formerly the IP and Science business of Thomson Reuters. At Clarivate Analytics he contributes to strategic partnering with Indian Pharma adding value in portfolio and commercialization of products across geographies, identification of partners, discovery and translational services like drug repositioning & patient stratification and other services in the clinical and regulatory space.

He started his career with Wockhardt Ltd and has more than 14 years of experience in Pharma and Business Consulting. In pharma he has played various roles across Sales & Marketing, Strategy and Business Development . With Piramal, as a part of the strategy team he was involved in setting up Truecare and rolling out innovative sales force effectiveness initiatives.

With Panacea Biotec , as Head-Strategy & Business Development for Formulations, he was responsible for market intelligence, P2P, in-licensing and new product development. In his most recent role, he was the APAC business consulting lead for life-sciences with Cognizant. Based out of Tokyo he setup the life-sciences consulting practice in Japan also covering India, Singapore, China and Australia.

Chris Henshall

Global Strategic Marketing – Biologics

West Pharma

Chris is the lead of the strategic marketing efforts in global Biologics for West. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and delivery of the strategic and operational commercialization plans across the biologics portfolio. Working in partnership with the sales and customer facing teams and other functional leadership, Chris drives performance, ensuring the success of West Biologics are optimized for both the short and long term, securing organizational alignment from strategy through execution. This role fulfills the critical function of ensuring plans and tactics across the portfolio are integrated and timed for optimal efficiency/delivery to our end customers. He drives operational excellence across the portfolio through best practice and also leads special projects on behalf of the business.

Chris has a wealth of Pharma and Biotech experience across his 20 plus years in the industry having had roles of increasing responsibility across Sales and Sales Management, Business Development, Commercial Development, Finance and Marketing.

Chris has worked in and with most of the top ten Pharma companies as well as mid-level Biopharma and start-ups. He has led and launched multiple brands in his career both domestically and globally. Chris is an entrepreneur at heart who brings a new dimension to the team with his diverse background and unique blend of professional experience.

Chris is a South African native where he received his undergrad degree as well as having lived in Germany and now permanently in the USA where he also received his MBA (summa cum laude). He lives in Chester Springs with his wife and three children. He is a family man, avid sports enthusiast and a former international rugby referee.

CT. Renganathan

Managing Director

RPG Lifeciences

D G Shah

Secretary General


G. Munjal


Ind - Swift Ltd.

H. G Koshia


Food & Drugs Control Administration, Gujarat

Jatin Lal

Head Mergers & Acquisitions

Piramal Enterprises

Mr. Jatin Lal heads the Mergers and Acquisitions function for Piramal Enterprises’ healthcare businesses, which include a contract development and manufacturing solutions business that partners with pharmaceutical companies, a critical care products business that supplies niche products to hospitals globally and a consumer products business.

He has more than 18 years of experience in Pharma and Business Consulting, and more than 12 years of experience with pharma and has worked in Strategy, Business Development and M&A functions. As part of Piramal’s M&A team, he has supported several transactions made by Piramal to grow its healthcare businesses over the last 9 years.

Sireesha Yadlapalli

Senior Director, Strategic Marketing & External Affairs


Kanchana TK

Director General


Kanchana T.K., in about two decades of professional experience, has worked across the spectrum of businesses related to healthcare consulting and delivery, healthcare access and pharmaceuticals. She has worked across functions including public affairs, policy, and business verticals in India, Africa and Middle East.

Kanchana has been a recipient of many awards including ‘Bloomberg-UTV Women in Leadership Award’, ‘Women at Work Leadership Award’ by Bloomberg-UTV, ‘WILL Choice Awards’ by WILL Forum and was invited to speak at the TEDx Symposium held in Pune. Passionate about gender diversity and associated with various forums, Kanchana has also co-authored the WILL mothers handbook.

Having worked in two highly regulated sectors – insurance and pharmaceuticals, she understands stakeholder expectations and the evolving policy ecosystem in the country. Her experience of consulting on new product offerings for healthcare insurance, a deep understanding of the patent and pricing issues in pharma, designing patient assistance programs and access initiatives enable her better understand the healthcare needs in India. Her previous experience of managing public affairs across borders in Middle East and Africa makes her well versed with healthcare paradigm in other geographies as well. With a rich and versatile experience across the healthcare continuum, some of the campaigns designed under her leadership have had impactful outcomes. ‘Pink Drive’ a campaign for Breast Cancer awareness under her guidance at BMS won an Abby’s award.

Prior to joining BMS India, Kanchana was in senior executive positions with Vantage Insurance Brokers & Risk Advisors Pvt Ltd., Marsh/Mercer India, and in managerial roles at SBI Life Insurance Company, ING Vysya Life Insurance Company, AXA and Taj Group of Hotels.

Parizad Elchidana

Independent Director & Former Managing Director

Apotex Pharma

Peeyush Gupta

Director – South Asia

UL India

Peeyush brings with him a rich experience of around 20 years in the Power, Healthcare and Certification industries. Prior to joining UL, he worked in GE Medical Systems and ABB, where he was responsible for several growth initiatives.

In his career spanning 10 years at UL, he has managed several industries and businesses and has been responsible for strategic investments in the areas of Power and Utility related products, Renewable Energy and Consumer Electronics. He has been a winner of 3 Mark of Excellence Team awards at UL for his drive towards continuous improvement and excellence. Under his leadership, UL India established a Centre of Excellence for Switchgear and Photovoltaic testing facilities at Bangalore and expanded its lab and engineering footprint multifold. As a Director of Engineering, Asia Pacific, he was responsible for growing the Power and Energy business across several countries in Asia. In his current role as the Director of Sales and Marketing, he is responsible for expanding UL’s businesses and services in India, while working with Regulators, Retailers, manufacturers and consumers in ensuring Safer Living and Working Environments.

Peeyush holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bangalore University.

Rakesh Mehta

Sr. Vice President & Head -Global Sales & Marketing – API

Sun Pharmaceuticals

Rajaram Sankaran

Director Strategy & Business Development


Sanjit Singh Lamba

Managing Director

Eisai Pharmaceuticals

Sharad Tyagi

Managing Director

Boehringer Ingelheim

Education: Engineering Degree, MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad

Organisations worked with in past: Dr Reddy’s , Engelhard Corporation and ICI

Areas of Expertise: Sharad Tyagi has almost three decades of experience that spans across pharmaceuticals, personal care, automotive , environmental engineering, textiles & chemical industries. He has expertise in creating organizations and businesses from start-up and has extensive global business experience including Middle east, Europe, U.S, China & South East Asia.

Current Profile: For the past 5+ years, Sharad has been executing Boehringer Ingelheim ‘s high-growth strategy for India, which also involves building the BI India team, launching of new products for Prescription medicine Business and Consumer Health care launch in the country.

Areas of Personal Interest: His personal interests include, among other things, playing drums - a passion that has led to performances with various rock bands in India.

Srini Srinivasan

Managing Director

Hospira Healthcare Pvt Ltd – A Pfizer Company

Sudhir Nambiar

President Research & Technology


Umesh Sathe


Process Automation, Siemens Limited

Mr. Umesh Sathe heads the “Process Automation” Business Unit in Siemens India, which offers complete range of products, systems and solutions from process instrumentation, industrial communication, PLCs, DCS, Safety systems, MES, electricals etc.

With an experience of close to 3 decades in the field of Automation and Drives, he has worked in various functions including business development, sales, engineering, manufacturing, quality control etc. He has held several key leadership positions.

As a technologist and a thought leader in the field of Process Automation, Machine automation and motion control, he has made valuable contributions to the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage, Paper, Printing-packaging and converting segments.

V Prasada Raju

Chief Scientific and Strategy Officer

Granules India Ltd.

Vinay Nayak

Executive Director

Marksans Pharma

Dr Anurita Majumdar

Executive Director – Medical

Pfizer Essential Health

Dr. Anurita Majumdar joined Pfizer India as Senior Medical Director for Pfizer Essential Health effective July 20, 2015. In her role Anurita leads the Medical team and provides strategic partnership to the country commercial team in the Essential Health business. Anurita is a part of the Pfizer India leadership team as well as the APAC Medical Leadership Team for the Essential health business unit. In Nov 2016 she was appointed to the Board of Pfizer India as an additional Director.

Anurita is an Oncologist by training and has over 16 years of experience in leading clinical development and medical affairs in the pharmaceutical and CRO industry. She has previously been the Medical and Regulatory Director for Eli Lilly and Company India Ltd where she was associated for over 8 years including leading Oncology for the Emerging market business unit.

She has completed her MD in Radiation Oncology from the J.K. Cancer Institute, Kanpur and her Senior Residency (Radiation Oncology) from the Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, Mumbai and has several research publications to her credit.

Bhavna Singh

Director Communications

Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI)

A Communication Professional with close to 17 years of experience in Corporate Communications, Advertising and Brand Management, Marketing, Investor Relations & Financial PR, Research and Events, Bhavna has diverse experience across various industries including Service, Entertainment, IT, FMCG, Automobile, Engineering and now Pharmaceuticals.

As Director Communications, Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), Bhavna is responsible for all communication (internal, external and brand) of OPPI. Working on advocacy programmes and industry representations, her work involves designing and implementation of communication strategies addressed to various stakeholders, including Government, regulatory authorities, the pharma industry and the media.

Bhavna is a recipient of the ‘Women In Leadership Award 2016’ for her work on gender diversity in the pharma industry with the OPPI 50 years commemorative publication “The Colour of White”. Bhavna has also won the ‘Bronze at the Association of Business Communicators (ABCI) Award in 2016 for the Communication Collaterals created for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of OPPI.

Prior to this assignment, Bhavna headed the Corporate Communications at Greaves Cotton Limited, one of the oldest engineering companies in India. Her expertise spans across branding, internal and external communications, research and event management. She has worked in diverse industries (such as Entertainment, Manufacturing, Automotive and Engineering) working with senior management teams on strategy and implementation for communications and marketing programmes and has worked with senior members and Boards on several projects including crafting and weaving long term Brand Strategy, creating a robust communication policy vis-a-vis corporate identity, creating unique brand identities for businesses, and handling the brandTrac (research) for brands. She has also coordinated media training workshops for CEO’s/ spokespersons and PR workshops. .

Bhavna has a Post Graduate Diploma in Communications and a Masters Diploma in Business Administration.

Dr Rashmi Hegde

Director – Medical


Dr Rashmi Hegde is currently Medical Director at Abbott India Limited. Dr Hegde is a Paediatrician by training and has vast experience with the Medical departments of both Domestic and International Pharmaceuticals companies.

She has been associated for over 2 decades with several global Pharmaceutical companies such as Wockhardt, Piramal, Novartis and Solvay. Dr Hegde has previously led Medical Affairs including Medical Training, Medico-Marketing, Medical Information, Strategic Planning, Clinical Trials, Regulatory and Pharmacovigilance for both Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies. Her most recent position prior to the current one has been Director Pharmacovigilance Asia- Africa-Australia-Middle East-India-China for Global Abbott Products GmbH.

Dr Hegde takes a keen interest in Partnering in Medico-Marketing Initiatives, Clinical Trials, Drug Safety Training, Pharmaceutical laws, and Safety Regulations (EU, US FDA & Asia Pacific).

Dr Deepa Arora

Vice President- Pharmacovigilance & Global Head- Drug Safety & Risk Management


Dr Deepa Arora is Vice President- Pharmacovigilance & Global Head- Drug Safety & Risk Management with Lupin Limited. She is a Physician having around 20 years of experience in drug safety and clinical development in pharma industry and academia.

She has successfully set up world class Pharmacovigilance systems for Lupin & Lupin subsidiaries in US, Europe, Japan and Australia. Under her able leadership, Lupin has successfully cleared Pharmacovigilance inspections conducted by regulatory authorities across the world.

She is playing an active role in developing awareness and skills of pharmacovigilance in the region by designing teaching modules in Pharmacovigilance for medical institutions and by conducting training in pharmacovigilance workshops and courses. Under her leadership, Lupin team has collaborated with Indian Council of Medical Research to develop guidelines for the “Prevention & Management of adverse reactions of anti-tubercular drugs”. Objective of these guidelines is to help reducing the non-compliance due to adverse reactions of the ATT. She has authored the book on Pharmacovigilance; “Pharmacovigilance- An Industry Perspective” to help youngsters learn relevant aspects of Pharmacovigilance in Pharma industry. She enjoys air pistol shooting and music.

Eunice Weng

Deputy General Manager

Shanghai UBM

Ms. Eunice Weng is currently the Deputy General Manager of Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.. UBM Sinoexpo is the joint-venture company in China for UBM plc and has developed into China's leading exhibition company serving 8 industry professionally. Ms. Eunice is in charge of the Ingredients Division, including one of the CPhI flagship shows - CPhI & P-MEC China, the brand leading show in food ingredient industry - Fi Asia China and several other relevant shows in healthcare industry.

Ms. Eunice joined the company at the very beginning and has accumulated over 15 years' experience on both event management and industry knowledge. What deserves to be mentioned the most is that she accompanied with the growth of CPhI China from the 1st edition. Under the careful cultivation, the show grows from 6,200 square meter to an industry giant of 165,000sqm.

Ms. Eunice is now playing a more and more significant role in the company's ongoing development, including a variety of responsibilities such as strategic planning, business development, new show M&A and etc.

Koh Sok Tiang

Vice President - Research & Development, Scientific Affairs, Technical Services, Asia Pacific

West Pharmaceutical

Sok Tiang currently holds the responsibility of R&D, Scientific Affairs and Technical Services for Asia Pacific.

With experience in the manufacturing and quality assurance of injectables in a multinational pharmaceutical company, enabling her to better understand the issues and concerns of the customers in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. In addition, with the years of working with the packaging components industry, she has been able to effectively offer technical support to customers in seeking for innovative solutions to their drug delivery system. This includes identifying appropriate packaging systems and components as well as developing new designs for their products as West establishes a R&D facility in Singapore, to cater to the requirements of customers in Asia Pacific. Sok Tiang holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy with Honours and MBA.

Jyotsna Ghoshal

Senior Director – Corporate Affairs

MSD in India

Samina Vaziralli

Executive Vice-Chairman


Samina Vaziralli is part of the Management Council at Cipla, and the grand-daughter of the founder, K A Hamied.

Samina has played a significant role in the company’s ongoing leadership transition and transformation process. She has been responsible for successfully incubating and shaping Cipla’s Consumer Healthcare business as part of Cipla New Ventures. She has also recently taken on an expanded role leading Global Strategy, M&A and New Ventures for Cipla.

She has previously executed roles with the investment management division of Goldman Sachs, overseas.

Samina brings diverse experience of working in the United States, the United Kingdom, and more recently India.

Samina graduated from the London School of Economics with a MSc. in Finance.

Seema Ahuja

Vice President & Global Head of Communications

Biocon Limited, Bangalore, India

Seema Ahuja is a multifaceted Corporate Communications & Brand Management expert who has been in Senior Leadership roles for over a decade. During her over 25 years career she has played a critical role in reputation management and brand building for various leading public listed companies in the Hospitality, Pharma, Life sciences and Biotech sectors. As a brand communication specialist she has managed corporate brands across global markets. She has specialized in Marketing & Advertising, Communications & Brand Management, Media Relations & PR, Crisis Management, Internal Communication & Employee engagement, Digital & Social Media and CSR Communication.

Currently, she is steering the Global Corporate Communications function for Biocon, which is India's largest and the only publically listed biotech Company. As an emerging global biopharmaceuticals enterprise, it is driven by innovation and committed to make quality healthcare accessible to patients and partners across the globe. Seema manages both Brand Kiran and Brand Biocon across traditional and social media.

Prior to joining Biocon in 2012, she drove Brand communication strategy for Jubilant Bhartia Group, as Vice President- Corporate Marketing & Communications, where she led the rebranding initiative as well as steered communication during various demergers and company listing process.

Seema has also managed the Global Corporate Communications function at Ranbaxy for nearly twelve years, playing a pivotal role in building value for the 'Global Ranbaxy Brand’. She drove Internal & external communication, Digital Communication as well as Corporate Brand Management, at Ranbaxy across developed and emerging markets. She has also established the Corporate Communications function at Lupin Pharma in mid-2000’s where she kick started the perception building initiative for the company across India, US, Europe & Japan.

Over the years Seema has been recognized for her PR, editorial, design and communication work and has been conferred with several awards from various professional bodies. She has also been recognized with ‘Top 50 Global Corporate Communications Leader Award’ in 2014 and more recently has featured on the ‘India’s Top Ten Women in Corporate Communications’ list, being the only one from Bangalore.

She now aims to mentor the young professionals and help them shape into world class communicators and brand building experts.

Namrata Gill

Vice President Human Resources

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Namrata Gill Tyagi is the Vice President for Corporate Human Resources at Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, one of the leading Pharmaceutical companies in India. A post-graduate in Electronics from NIT Kurukshetra, Namrata gradually realized that her true calling was in Human Resources, which led her to pursue a career in this profession. In a career spanning over 15 years so far, she has worked in in ITC, Phillips and Mahindra & Mahindra, before joining Dr Reddy’s as their Vice President HR.

During her stint at Mahindra & Mahindra, she handled HR Strategy, Organizational Effectiveness, Talent Management and Leadership Development for a diverse workforce of over 12000, and was awarded by Will Forum as an Upcoming Woman Leader and the IWLF Woman Leader for outstanding contribution in HR. At Dr Reddy’s, she heads the Corporate HR Function and handles areas which include Compensation & Benefits, Performance Management, HR Technology and Campus Engagement among others, for a workforce of 20000 spread across 25 countries.

Known among the HR Fraternity for her passion for the Human Resource function as well as for her boundless energy and unorthodox personality, she belongs to the bunch of people who successfully and relentlessly challenge the status quo. On the personal front, she is a mother to one, a voracious reader, writer and an ardent learner. Some of her favorite books include “Great by Choice” and “Dissolve the box”. Her articles on Employer Branding and Gen Y have been published in People Matters and NHRD, apart from which, she also periodically publishes on LinkedIn. With a strong conviction that Learning is a never-ending journey, she continued to educate herself in Human Behavior & Personality and is certified in MBTI and McQuaig among others.

She fervently believes in the power of having an information-rich network to have a continuous personal and professional growth and the necessity to have a digital presence to make your mark in this day and age. Her vision is to be the best Human Resource professional in the world, for which, she is known to set audacious goals and empower herself and her teams to achieve them.