2nd Pre- Connect Congress 2016

CPhI’s Women in Pharma Power Breakfast

With the world adopting gender diversity and women empowerment as a top priority in their strategic agenda, there is still a major gap in the ratio of women joining and leading the workforce. It is therefore not surprising that even with the capability to excel in every field only 30 percent of the world’s researchers are women.

The trend also trickles down to the Indian pharmaceutical sector where in spite of a number of women leading some of the top pharma companies in India, women only comprise of close to 15% of the total workforce. With the percentage of women joining the pharmaceutical industry increasing, there is a growing optimism about reducing the gender gap in the currently male dominated industry.

CPhI Pharma week in its 10th year as a leading knowledge and networking platform would like to celebrate the women in the Indian Pharma Industry who have been breaking stereotypes to win key positions and contribute to the growth of the third largest producer of drugs. Join us as we raise a (buttered) toast to the inspiring women in pharma in an elite gathering with role models from industry sharing their experiences and challenges to cross the glass ceiling and head some of the best brains in the world.

Women Networking Breakfast 2015 – CPhI World Wide

Women in Power Breakfast Speakers

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.

Women in Power Breakfast Agenda

Conference Day Two - 18th November 2016


Welcome Coffee & Networking


Welcome Address
Eunice Weng,
Deputy General Manager
Shanghai UBM


Keynote Address
Samina Vaziralli,
Executive Vice-Chairman


Special address by OPPI
Bhavna Singh,
Director Communications
Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI)


Panel Discussion: Is gender diversity genuinely seeing a positive shift in the Indian Pharma Industry
  • Breaking stereotypes: Are some departments more suited to women professionals
  • Are we ahead of the global trend in gender equality in the Indian boardrooms
  • Can we have it all? Is the balancing act a myth or a reality
  • Life beyond the glass ceiling : Inspiring young leadership among women professionals joining the workforce
Dr Anurita Majumdar,
Senior Medical Director & Global Established Pharma Medical Lead
Dr Rashmi Hegde,
Director – Medical
Seema Ahuja,
Vice President & Global Head of Communications
Biocon Limited, Bangalore, India
Namrata Gill,
Vice President Human Resources
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Koh Sok Tiang,
Vice President - Research & Development, Scientific Affairs, Technical Services, Asia Pacific
West Pharmaceutical


Closing Remarks by the Chair


Networking & Breakfast
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