Our governing body is a rich blend of leading academics, top bureaucrats and captains of industry. Each of them has achieved very high levels in their professional fields and extensively influenced the development of biotechnology in India. Their foresight and vision guides IBAB as we strive towards excellence.


Prof. H. Sharat Chandra, Chairman, Governing Body

Prof. Sharat Chandra is Director, Centre for Human Genetics, Emeritus Professor, Indian Institute of Science and Honorary Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He obtained his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Subsequently, he joined the Indian Institute of Science in 1975 as a Professor. Prof. Sharat Chandra was also the Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad from 1990-92. He has multiple publications to his credit and has mentored many students and post-doctoral fellows. Prof. Sharat Chandra is also a member of several high ranking committees such as the National Bioethics Committee, Human Genetic Task Force etc. In addition, he has been the editor of the Journal of Genetics for over ten years. Prof. Sharat Chandra has been the recipient of many honours and awards for his work.


Prof. Pankaj. Chandra did his PhD at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylavania. After stints in Japan, the US and Canada, he joined IIM-A where he became professor in 1997. In late 2007 he took over as Director, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. His areas of interest include supply chain coordination, manufacturing management and management of technology in manufacturing. His current research projects are on models and processes for organizing small producers, building technological capabilities through strategic development of electronics & IT clusters, technological change in the Indian auto industry and models and algorithms for coordinating complex supply chains.


Dr. Zeena Johar, President, ICTPH, Chennai

Dr. Zeena Johar obtained her PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH-Zurich, in NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), Molecular Modeling and Design, following her Masters in Chemistry with a specialization in Quantum Chemistry from Panjab University. To pursue her passion of translating basic science research towards populations-based applied research, Dr. Johar joined the IKP Trust in 2007. Dr. Johar is one of the founding members of ICTPH, a research institute working towards innovating sustainable, replicable and scalable healthcare delivery models for rural India. As President, Dr. Johar has played an important role in conceptualizing the strategic alignment of ICTPH with the overall mission of the IKP Trust. Dr. Johar is currently spearheading the ICTPH Tanjore Health Systems Pilot.


Mr Srivatsa Krishna, IAS, is Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T. He is an illustrious civil servant with many distinctions. After topping the all-India civil service examination, he has gone on to achieve many firsts, including playing a key role in bringing prominent companies to Cyberabad in Hyderabad, and co-heading the investment decisions of the internal fund of the World Bank. He is an alumnus of Harvard and Oxford Universities. Aside from research papers, he writes for the popular and business press. He has been honoured by the World Economic Forum, amongst others.


Prof. Satyajit Mayor, Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR), Bangalore

Prof. Satyajit Mayor is a distinguished cell biologist. He has worked on various aspects of trafficking of molecules into and out of cells. Particularly noteworthy is his study of GPI-linked proteins, and the elucidation of nano-scale ‘rafts’ in cell membranes. His work has been recognized by several national and international awards, including the Infosys Prize.


Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder and CMD, Biocon Group, Bangalore

Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Ltd. After training in brewing, she became India’s first Lady Brewmaster. In 1978, she set up Biocon India Ltd. as a joint venture with Biocon Biochemicals Ltd., an Irish company, focussed on manufacturing a range of speciality enzymes. The Biocon group now also includes Syngene International, a contract research organisation promoted to focus on drug discovery and development and Clinigene International, a subsidiary which specialises in bioinformatics to locate new disease biomarkers. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw has several patents to her credit. She also heads, or has headed several biotechnology task forces including the Biotechnology Vision Group for the Government of Karnataka and the National Biotechnology Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Ms. Shaw is the recipient of several awards, the most noteworthy being the Padmashri award which was conferred upon her by the President of India in 1989 and the Padmabhusan award in 2005.


Prof. M. R. S. Rao President, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

Prof. M. R. S. Rao obtained his doctoral degree in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1973. Subsequently he did his postdoctoral work and served as Associate Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, at Houston, Texas. Since 1983 Prof. Rao has been a Faculty with the Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science and was also Chairman of the department from 1998-2003. Prof. Rao has over 100 publications to his credit and is a recipient of several awards and recognitions such as the S. S Bhatnagar Award for Biological Sciences, INSA Research Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation and Biotechnology Felowship amongst others. He is a member of several high ranking scientific panels and committees.


Prof. S. Sadagopan, Director, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore

Prof. Sadagopan received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University, USA after which he returned to India to teach at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has also taught at several universities and institutes in India and abroad. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1995 and has been listed in Marquis’s “Who’s Who in the World” and “Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century” published by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK. Prof. Sadagopan serves on the editorial boards of several technical journals and is a regular columnist for Economic Times, Computers Today, Dataquest, IT Space.com etc. where he writes on several aspects of IT. Prof. Sadagopan has also authored a book on Management Information systems, published by Prentice Hall in 1995. He consults extensively to many private and public sector companies in India on computing, communications and software technologies.


Mr. B. M. Vijay Shankar is Director, Department of IT & BT and Managing Director, Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS), Government of Karnataka. He belongs to the Karnataka Administrative Service. Earlier responsibilities include Assistant Commissioner, Basavakalyan and Bijapur, Private Secretary to Law Minister and Special Deputy Commissioner (Land Acquisition), KIADB. He has also played an active role in the Biotech Finishing School Programme and the establishment of biotech parks in Bangalore and other tier-2 cities of the state.


Prof. M. Vijayan, Honorary Professor & Distinguished Biotechnologist, IISc, Bangalore

Prof. M. Vijayan, a physicist by training, obtained his PhD in X-ray crystallography from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1967. After his post-doctoral research at Oxford, UK he has been associated with the Indian Institute of Science in various capacities including as Associate Director of the institute till recently. With nearly 200 scientific publications to his credit, Prof. Vijayan has received several prestigious honours and awards, such as the Bhatnagar Prize for Biological Sciences in 1985, the G. N. Ramachandran 60th birthday commemoration medal from the Indian National Science Academy in 1994, the Ranbaxy Research award in Basic Medical Sciences in 1996 and the K.S. Krishnan Memorial Lecture Award of the Indian National Science Academy in 2001. Prof. Vijayan is a member of several prominent international and national organisations such as the IUPAB task force on Bioinformatics, Inter-Union Bioinformatics Group, Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network etc.