The Covid-19 pandemic had a devastating effect on people's life and work. It was an example of how an adversity can bring you down. But, as they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. There were some who not only fought the hardships but also inspired others around them to do the same. These leaders showed the way with exemplary courage, innovative thinking and motivation. Here is a list of 10 most dynamic business leaders of 2022 who redefined leadership.
Dr Satish Wagh
Established in the year 1987, Supriya Lifescience Ltd. is the largest producer of anti-histamines, anaesthetics & anti-asthmatics in the world and has put Maharashtra and India on the world map in the pharmaceutical sector. Currently, the company turnover is over 500 crores and caters to 120 countries, serving over 2,000 customers and building an assorted portfolio of over 40 Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. The company has approvals from international health authorities like USA, Europe, Japan, Latin America, Canada, Australia, and China, among other countries. Dr. Satish Wagh is the Founder & CMD of the company. Additionally he was also the chairman of CHEMEXCIL for 22 years. He was also listed in ‘Forbes powerful Performers 2021’ and ‘Economic Times Most Influential Leaders of 2022’
Dr Aneel Kashi Murarka
Dr Aneel Kashi Murarka - A Man Of HOPE, making an IMPACT!
Mumbai-based philanthropist Dr Aneel Kashi Murarka is the MD of Mirachem Industriies - a global player in the field of specialty chemicals manufacturing – and has brought about a transformational change in society’s persistent problems and in the lives of fellow beings. He does it through his social enterprise Ample Missiion - known for its innovative approach and impact. He is engaged in improving the lives of tribals, transgenders, acid victims, dwarfs and more. Dr Murarka and his teenage son Sidhaant, along with Team Ample Missiion, are actively pursuing initiatives like underprivileged kids education, feeding urban poor and homeless, filling potholes to save lives lost due to road accidents. As a film producer, Aneel is the man behind many viral short films on social issues like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan , Anti-Smoking and many more . He inspires us to do good and make a difference for a better society and a Nation at large
Dr Minnie Bodhanwala
Armed with a MBA in finance and masters in hospital administration, Bodhanwala embarked on a new path in healthcare industry. When, in November 2012, an opening came her way as the CEO of Mumbai-based Wadia Hospital, she was not surprised that people were apprehensive about a woman handling a hospital, which is almost a century old. The hospital was was on the verge of closure when she joined. But she turned it around, and the hospital now has two dedicated super-specialty public hospitals, the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children and Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital. Both have been serving the underprivileged section of the society. The hospital sees over 15,000 inpatients and over 1,50,000 outpatients annually. Under her watch the conjoined twins babies, Riddhi Siddhi, who had been turned away by other major hospitals in Mumbai, were admitted to Wadia Hospital; the hospital created history by saving their lives. At par with any world-class super speciality facility, the Wadia hospitals have been at the forefront to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They have worked dedicatedly to manage COVID-19 patients ensuring zero COVID – 19 deaths at the hospital. The Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children ( BJWHC) now has 525 beds offering 34 Pediatric services. It is a recognized centre of excellence for Paediatric Cardiology, Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Neurosurgery, Paediatric Surgery, Nephrology, Hemat-Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant and many more. With 155 beds, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital is one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the world. It is also the nodal centre for Club Foot in Maharashtra and the only centre in Western India that provides zero-day dialysis for newborns.
Dr Neeraj Goyal
Dr. Neeraj Goyal, as a teenager in 9th standard had a dream of becoming a surgeon.
The journey from that young boy to Rotarian Prof. Dr. Neeraj Goyal would have not been possible without his parents supporting his decision.
He showed mettle and tirelessly worked towards his passion, which has made him today a renowned surgeon in the field of Laser Proctology and Laparoscopic Surgery.
He is associated with Max Superspeciality Hospital and Laser Proctology Training Center (Laser 360 Academy) in New Delhi. In last 21 years he has performed more than 34,000 major surgeries including 5,000 laser proctology cases.
In addition, he is considered a pioneer in the use of fully resorbable mesh in hernia surgery. He has trained more than 1,000 surgeons across India through Live Operative Workshops and is soon crossing boundaries to share his experience with surgeons across world. Being a firm believer of technology & innovation, he strongly advocates diode laser with fibre technology for Hemorrhoids, Fistula-in-Ano and Pilonidal Sinus.
The impactful journey of Dr.Goyal began when he graduated in 1997 from LLRM Medical College, Meerut and completed his Masters in Surgery in 2001 from Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal. It would not be wise to just know him as a surgeon, he holds over 13 years of teaching experience as a professor & head in dental college and is an effective team leader, trainer and a motivational speaker.
Despite his busy schedule he steals time for his family, sports and music.
A strong proponent of physical fitness, Dr Goyal regularly plays Cricket, Badminton, Carrom, Chess and has made his team proud by winning many trophies under his captainship. Not to forget Prof. Goyal is a rotarian by heart and always available for social service. It is rare to find a doctor who is appreciated by his patients as a “Doctor with Human Touch”. All one can say is that he is an epitome of knowledge in his field and a deft surgeon who knows so well how to strike a balance in following his passion as a profession and taking care of family, friends and society at large.
Mr. K Shyam Prasad
“Our journey is being committed to nature which reflects in our commitment to discover, develop and create products from sustainable and natural resources.”
Mr. K Shyam Prasad is the Founder & Chairman of Vidya Herbs Pvt Ltd. He is a first-generation entrepreneur, who made a humble beginning, starting his career as a chemist in a pharmaceutical company in 1990 and then, quit his job after five years to get into the field of Natural Chemistry.
M/s Vidya Herbs Private Limited is established on May 13th , 2004 and has 9 factories established and running commercial productions as on date, as the company has witnessed an extraordinary business growth. The unit is using advanced technology and has in-house research and development facilities which focus on production systems, systems control, quality control, as well as the more visible precise mechanical automotive component elements. Vidya Herbs identifies itself as an organization that consistently delivers research based natural products to improve the quality of life and standards of living in respect to health. Because we constantly supply the healthcare and food industries, our mission is to provide premium quality ingredients and maintain high levels of commitment and service to our customers. Vidya Herbs, we are providing nature’s best to benefit healthy living to its fullest potential and continue to create exciting new products to enhance our customers’ product lines with innovative ingredient solutions, experienced team of R&D constantly provides Vidya with innovative solutions and support for today’s health and nutrition related markets. Vidya Herbs research, production methods and products go hand in hand with current trends.”
Dr Satyajit Singh
Singh, after spending 27 years in London, returned to India and established Ruban Group of Hospitals in 1996 in Patna, Bihar. Within three years, Ruban expanded to a 45-bed hospital, and performed the first kidney transplant in Bihar, in 2010. Today, it has 430 beds, and is the largest hospital in Bihar and Jharkhand. Singh is also a renowned social and peace activist, and is the vice-president of the Kolkata-based Medical Service Centre, an organisation of doctors and other health workers. It is actively involved in debate and discussion on health policies, medical and paramedical education issues, and undertakes medical and humanitarian relief work during catastrophes. He is also the vice-president of the Indian Doctors for Peace & Development. His work on adverse effect on the health of Jaduguda uranium mine workers was presented at the IPPNW conferences at Helsinki & Hiroshima. He is currently involved in the restoration of a Sitaram Ashram near Patna.
Dr Deepak Birewar
Specialty Chemicals for the Global Supply Chains
Inventys Research Company delivers custom manufacturing services to Life Science Companies. Inventys is recognized as an innovation driver that deploys complex chemistry and superior engineering to manufacture specialty chemicals, advanced intermediates, Registered Starting Materials, and actives for the pharmaceutical, crop protection, & electronic chemicals industries.
Dr Deepak Birewar (BTech Chemical Engineering - IIT Bombay, PhD - Carnegie Mellon) established Inventys in 2005 after working in various companies (including Dupont Corporation) in the US. As per Dr Birewar, “Considering our size, what sets us apart is our drive for innovation with world class standards of safety, infrastructure, and engineering.” He describes Inventys as a responsible, reliable, and dependable CSM partner helping global supply chains to reduce Time-To-Market and Process Development costs while avoiding manufacturing and sourcing dependency on China.s to reduce Time-To-Market and Process Development costs while minimizing manufacturing dependency on China.
Mukesh Bafna, director, MWB Group, Hubli, is a third-generation entrepreneur. Mutha Wagmal Bhuraji (MWB) Group was established in 1971 as a small time retailer and today is among south India’s biggest players in pulses and foodgrains. Soon after completing his master's in international business and finance from Jain University in Bangalore, he joined his family business. Mukesh initiated new strategies and plans to make MWB a household name. It had a turnover of more than Rs 1500 crore for the financial year 2021-22. The group has successfully diversified into trading, foodgrains processing, wholesale, packaging and retailing of all kinds of pulses, cereals, rice, flours, masala and dry fruits and much more. MWB Group is associated with more than 20,000 retailers in south India and Goa and brings change to the lives of more than a lakh farmers, and more than 700 employees.
Uday Raj Mishra
Amar Polyfils Pvt. Ltd. established in 1994 in Porbandar, Gujarat, presently owns three units – Amar Polyfils, Amar Aquatic and Amar Sterilised Fishmeal. The company has stamped its authority in the fishing, health, and poultry industries & sell its products under DIAMOND BRAND. Amar Aquatic, a gem of the company, has production capacity of 2,50 tonnes per Anum through modern technology and machinery, imported from South Korea & Thailand. It has been a pioneer in the production of Fish Collagen in India. Now it has strength to manufacture the product in three versions i.e., Fine Powder, Granular & Improved Powder with customized Molecular weight & particles size. Director Udayraj Mishra, who has 35 years of experience in the field of man-made technical fibre, manages the company, while Director Ram Babulal Panjari, a visionary person who has over 35 years’ experience in seafood industry, looks after the expansion, diversification, and customer relations.
Chandni’s road towards being a Game changer began since the day she decided that she would be different from the other; since the day she decided she would be her own Boss!! She says “I crave for challenges that excite me and which give me a sense of satisfaction of having done something good”. And the toughest challenge for her as a leader and an entrepreneur, she says, has been being a woman. Over the years Chandni has herself turned into a brand, popularly known as “CK”. A firm believer of manifestation of one’s dreams. she says “There is nothing that I probably wouldn’t do again. However, there are things that I would do in a different way.”