Shobana Kamineni

Shobana Kamineni

Shobana Kamineni is the Executive Vice-Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd., a pioneer in private healthcare in India and one of Asia’s foremost healthcare conglomerates.

Shobana also heads Apollo Pharmacy, India’s largest pharmacy chain with a pan-India network of over 3,500 stores and 25,000 employees serving more than 4,000,000 customers daily. She is a founder and a Whole Time Director on the Board of Apollo Munich Health Insurance, recognized as India’s best-specialized health insurance company for nine years consecutively.

As a lead director of Apollo’s research and innovation activities, and conscious of the convergence between the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries, and academia, Shobana championed the creation of a biobank – a catalogued library of anonymised bio-samples. The biobank was recognized as one of the top 10 ideas in life sciences by Time Magazine.

Shobana is also an Independent Director on the Boards of Blue Star Limited and Hero MotoCorp, and Vice-Chairman of the KEI Group, a diversified logistics, leisure and infrastructure business that she founded together with her husband.

An active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Shobana was elected as its President from 2017-18. She was the first woman elected President of CII since its founding in 1895. Dedicated to ensuring that more women enter the workforce, she launched the Power of Parity Initiative. In 2018, Shobana was invited by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs to become a member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NGFC) Trust.

Passionate about inculcating a culture of wellness, Shobana has championed the establishment of a ‘Billion Hearts Beating’ – an NGO dedicated to educating fellow Indians on preventing heart disease and staying heart-healthy. She has been a recipient of prestigious national awards for entrepreneurship and leadership. The Women Economic Forum presented her with the ‘Businesswomen of the Decade’ award in recognition of her work in healthcare and empowerment of women. Shobana was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Bryant University, USA in recognition of her life’s work in healthcare and pharmaceuticals as well as for her leadership role in business expansion in India.