Governing Council

Governing Body & National Committee


Mr. Satish Reddy, Chairman

An alumni of Purdue University, USA (MS, Medicinal Chemistry), where he received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Satish Reddy is Chairman of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. Associated with Dr Reddy’s since 1993, when he joined as Executive Director, and has led the company’s transition from maker of API’s into an integrated drug manufacturer, making formulations as well— and currently India’s 2nd largest pharma company.

He plays a key role in shaping government policy on crucial issues concerning the pharmaceutical sector and the economy. As member of key Industry Organisations, Committees and Boards he has contributed to policy on India’s Patent law, pharmaceutical pricing, and key amendments to the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, among other issues critical to the pharmaceutical sector and the economy. Identified as “Young Global Leader for 2007” by World Economic Forum, and a strong advocate of responsible corporate citizenship, he is also Chairman of Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focusing on numerous CSR initiatives.


Yashwant Mahadik

President - Global Human Resources

Yashwant Mahadik, famously known as Yash, is a veteran global HR professional with three decades of experience in top-notch multinational corporations including Philips, Sun Pharma and J&J. Yash is spearheading a very exciting and challenging transformation program globally, which is set to make Lupin a differentiated trans-national company in the Global Healthcare Industry. He has diverse experience across sectors (Technology, Consumer and Healthcare) and geographies (India, UK, Japan, USA, ASEAN and Europe). His strengths and areas of expertise include: Strategy (Business, Workforce and HR functional), HR and Business Transformation, Leadership Development, Organization and Culture building, Capability Building, Workforce Design & Planning, Talent Management and Succession Planning, Merger/Acquisition Integration and Executive Coaching. He is among the top 50 most powerful HR professionals from India. He has led global transformation programs and initiatives in J&J, Philips and Sun Pharma.


Dr. Raju Mistry

Global Chief People Officer, Cipla

Dr. Raju Mistry has been President and Global Chief People Officer of Cipla since April 2019.

Raju is an accomplished and veteran HR leader with over 28 years of global experience across diverse sectors such as Chemicals, Pharma, FMCG, IT, Engineering and textiles. Prior to Cipla, Raju was Chief Human Resources Officer at Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd. Raju has previously worked with the Aditya Birla Group, Tata Sons, Colgate Palmolive, Siemens, and Mastech Corporation, Canada.

At Cipla, Raju oversees Human Resources, and Administration and Facilities Management. As a member of the Management Council of Cipla, Raju brings to the table her gravitas and expertise to lead Cipla’s dynamic and ambitious people agenda with a keen focus on corporate culture, talent, employer brand and leadership development.


Dr. Sapna Purohit, GB Member

SVP and Head Of Human Resources, Sun Pharma

Dr. Sapna Purohit is the Senior Vice President & Head Human Resources for Sun Pharma. She has over 25 years of diversified experience of academics, government and corporate sector. Prior to Sun Pharma, she has held Senior HR leadership positions at Reliance Power, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Ltd, St. Xaviers College and Wilson College. She has done her Ph.D from Central Salt and Marina Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar and is an alumnus of Xavier’s Institute of Management and Research.


Rishikesh Raval, GB Member

President - Group Human Resources, Zydus Cadila

Rishikesh has been working as an HR professional for the last 30years. Prior to joining Zydus Cadila, he has worked in Cadila Pharmaceuticals, Cyanamid, Pfizer, Glaxo and Sarabhai Group Rishikesh has done his Masters from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, he also completed Sr. Leadership Program and Executive Education in Human Resources Management from IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta. Rishikesh has had an incredible impact in the area of human behaviour, organization building and cultural transformation in India with leading MNCs and large Indian Business organizations. For more than two decades, he has immersed himself in the practice of People Processes, Organization Development, and Change Management.


Dr. B. Suresh

Prof Suresh Bhojraj, for the past thirty years has been actively involved in uplifting the standards of pharmacy education and profession in India. He was elected in 2003 as the President of Pharmacy Council of India, the statutory body regulating the pharmacy education and profession in India. He was once again re-elected as the President of Pharmacy Council of India in August 2008 and August 2013 and has the unique honor being elected thrice to this leadership position. He is also the Chairman of the Scientific Body of Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, which is responsible for setting of standards for pharmaceutical substances and formulations.

Dr. Suresh is also the delegate member of the United States Pharmacopeia Convention and also the member of the Council of Convention of the USP. He is also the member of ACPE International Services Commission , USA . He was also the past President of Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy, Chairman of the Education Section of the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Association and the Executive Member of Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association.


Mr. Apurva Shah, GB Member

Mr. Apurva Shah is the Founder & Group Managing Director of Veeda Clinical Research. Mr Shah has an MBA in International Finance & Entrepreneurship from Babson College in Boston USA. With his strong entrepreneurial and organizational skills Mr. Shah has been able to grow Veeda to become one of the premier CROs in the country. As a member of the Board he gives strategic and financial direction to all Group Companies. Apurva is the immediate past Chairman of Association of CROs in India (www.acroindia.org). He is on the governing council of the Life Science Skill Development Council set up by the Govt of India. He also has been serving on the Pharma committee of CII for the past 3 years.


Dr. PM Murali,GB Member

Senior Research Fellow - Hindustan Lever (now Unilever). Cyanobacterial Genetics at Battelle Kettering Research Laboratory, USA. Hon. President, ABLE - Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises, February 2012 – Present (1 year 7 months) Bangalore.


Mr. P.K Gupta,GB Member

Mr. P. K. Gupta is the founder member of Confederation of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry and is instrumental in consolidating its base in the Northern India. He has been instrumental in bringing grievances of small scale pharma companies and have single handedly contributed in making numerous amendments to the law benefitting to small and medium pharma companies. He is the chief spokesperson and the trouble shooter of the Pharmaceutical Industry SME’s (Small and Medium Enterprises.


Mr. Ranjit Madan, Chief Executive Officer

An alumni of Henley College, London, UK (EDP), IIM Ahmedabad (MBA), and St Stephen’s College (BA Hons, Economics), Ranjit Madan has over 25 years experience in leading MNC’s (ICI, Ciba and Mobil), growing running businesses and establishing start-ups in India and overseas— handling Asia Pacific (AP) region, based in Singapore. He has been associated with diverse businesses—from petrochemicals to pharmaceuticals, and dyestuffs to defence. Previously, he has held several top management positions in reputed Indian and MNC companies in India/ overseas.Keenly interested in issues of socio-economic relevance, he has written several papers in this space, which have received accolades from reputed institutions—in India and overseas.


RaoV.S.V.Vadlamudi, Ph. D.

President, Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA)

Rao Vadlamudi started his career at UDCT, Matunga, Mumbai, and during a career spanning 31 years till date, he worked in academia as well as in the industry in various capacities.

His Academic highlights-Reader in Pharmacology, UDCT, Professor in Pharmacology, Bombay College of Pharmacy (BCP), first ever Director of BCP and currently the Director of St. Peter’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Warangal. Industry Highlights, Pharmacology in Piramal Research Centre; VP, Discovery Biology in Suven Life Sciences; VP and Principal Fellow in Nektar Therapeutics India Limited, and Sr. VP-Life Sciences at Vimta Labs Ltd, Hyd. He was the Editor of Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the official scientific publication of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) from 1996-2014.

He received the Fellowship of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association in 2000; received Dr. B. N. Ghosh Memorial Oration Award of the Indian Pharmacological Society in 2005, the Prof. M. L. Khorana Memorial Lecture Award of the IPA in 2009, the Eminent Pharmacist award of IPA in 2013, the IPA President Special Oration award in 2014 and the Fellowship of the Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy in Dec 2014.


Ravi Uday Bhaskar

Joined as Drugs Inspector in the year 1989 in the state of AP Worked in various capacities in Drugs Control Administration of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.He received no of commendations from Govt of AP for outstanding contribution as regulator and Recipient of Life Time Achievement Award in the year 2013 during 65th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC).He had distinction of developing Jeevanadhara (low cost quality generic concept, 90-40 % discount offered on the drugs manufactured by reputed companies) along with MrSymala Rao,IAS in the year 2010 and Govt of AP has made it a state program.


Dr. Shubnum Singh, Secretary

An alumni of Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi, Dr. Shubnum is a founder member and currently, Director of Max Healthcare Institute Ltd. where she is actively involved in strategizing and developing different verticals of the business. Her special interest in physician behavior has led her to lead for the group a program for setting the governance framework & templates.

She is a lead founder member of the Healthcare Sector Skills Council (HSSC), Chairperson - HSSC Advisory Committee on NOS, Accreditation & Certification and Core Team Member of Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH). She has also served as member of Performance management Team under aegis of Cabinet Secretariat, Govt of India, and is an active member of various committees and forums.


V.V. Krishna Reddy

Sri V.V. Krishna Reddy is the incumbent National President of BDMA from 2017

A Chemical Engineer by qualification, Sri Krishna Reddy is the Managing Director of Sri Krishna Pharmaceuticals, a renowned Bulk Drug manufacturing company.

As a business leader with valuable insights into the core issues of the industry, he has been instrumental in pursuing resolution of many key issues facing the industry.


Lion Daara B. Patel

Secretary-General, Indian Drug Manufacturers Association

Lion Daara B Patel is a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Mumbai and has a Diploma in Materials Management from Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM).He has worked with multinational companies as well as large business houses like Hindustan Ciba-Geigy Ltd., Wockhardt Ltd., J.L. Morison (India) Ltd., Jet Airways (India) Ltd. Currently (since 2002) he is the Secretary General of Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association (IDMA), an apex body of 1000 plus pharmaceutical and bulk drug manufacturers. He is responsible for the smooth functioning of the association as per the constitution and By-Laws. He organizes industry specific seminars, training programs & workshops, makes presentations, efficient handling of pricing related issues, EXIM policy and regulatory & technical affairs, Industry Trade related issues. He also coordinates activities / issues with other Associations like OPPI (Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India), IPA (Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance) etc.


Mr. Sudarshan Jain

Secretary General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA)
Senior Advisor, APAX Partners

Sudarshan has a strong passion for healthcare and the education sector. Currently, he is the Secretary-General of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (www.ipa-india.org), Senior Advisor - Apax Partners and Board member of multiple organizations. He has served in several leadership positions for over 40 years in Healthcare industry (Lupin, Johnson & Johnson, Piramal, Abbott) and was formerly the Managing Director at Abbott Healthcare Solutions.

His current Board engagements include Abbott India, Healthium Limited (Apax portfolio company), Zandu Chemicals Limited,Indian Institute of Health Management Research – Jaipur, Indian Education Society (IES), Advisory Board of Narsee Monjee University, Mumbai (NMIMS). He is the Visiting Faculty at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. He has contributed in shaping the healthcare policy and improving access to healthcare in India.

Sudarshan is an Alumnus of St. Stephens College, Delhi University and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.


Mr. K G Ananthakrishnan

K G Ananthakrishnan brings rich and diverse experience in the pharmaceutical industry in India. Former Vice President and Managing Director, South Asia Region, MSD India, K G Ananthakrishnan continues to mentor healthcare start-ups and is on the Advisory Panel of several institutions along with being a Board Member of other organisations.


Mr. Arun Kumar Chandel, GB Member

Col. Arun Kumar Chandel, a nominee from National Skill Development Corporation (MSDE ecosystem) is ex-Army officer and seasoned management professional with over 13 years of Industry experience post his tenure in Indian Army. He is currently holding a position of Senior Head at National Skill Development Corporation. Before joining the Skill Development initiative in NSDC, he has worked with Jaypee Group for over seven (7) years in the various capacity in corporate HR team supporting the Cement, Fertilizers and Coal business of Jaypee Group and his last designation was Vice President- Corporate HR. In past he had headed the human resource department of Sahara India’s Media Group as well.


Mr. Bodh Raj Sikri, Treasurer

Mr. B.R. Sikri, the Key promoter of ABS Group of companies dealing with APIs/formulation. Group companies have trading, indenting, marketing, import export, manufacturing of formulation and APIs etc. Also add that Mr. Sikri is associated in various positions in almost all the pharma associations such as, IDMA, BDMA, BDDA, PIAA, HDMA, FOPE, Pharmexcil etc. Bulk Drug Manufacturers Association ® Bulk Drug Dealers Association ® Joint Forum of IDMA, FOPE, CIPI FOPE - Federation of Pharma Entrepreneurs (an organization of Tax-Free zones) Himachal Drug Manufacturers Association.


In Compliance to MSDE Guidelines, LSSSDC has following National Committee for Reviewing and Recommending all Operational Matters.
  • National Committee on NOS: Chairman- Dr Shubnum Singh
  • National Committee on Finance: Chairman- Mr Satish Reddy
  • National Committee on Quality, Accreditation and Certification: Chairman- Dr Vadlamudi Rao