A. Velumani, Creator and MD, Thyrocare
A visionary and an able business administrator, Dr. A. Velumani proves amply clearly to industry that, “Focus gives Success”. Born toa landless farmer in a small village near Coimbatore, South India, today he owns and operates Thyrocare, an industry leader and a brand worth over Rs. 3000 crores. Began as a mathematician, he acquired his Ph.D in Thyroid Biochemistry from BARC / Mumbai University. He worked for 14 years in BARC as a Research Scientist and Teacher and then became an administrator in business.
He is also MD of Nueclear Healthcare Limited which is a Radiology vertical. His focus areas are Thyroid Biochemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry and Nuclear Medicine.
An infectious motivator, he has succeeded in converting educated as employed, graduates as professionals, individuals as entrepreneurs, vendors as partners, family members as wealth creators and by his unique way, transformed intimidating problems into opportunities.
He is hilarious when it comes to educating and motivating youth in Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Harish Pillai, CEO, Aster India Aster DM Healthcare
A doctor with exceptional leadership skills, Dr. Harish Pillai joined the Aster DM Healthcare Group as the CEO of Aster Medcity, Kochi in the year 2013. His ability to strategize and manage large-scale healthcare organisations helped Aster Medcity consolidate its place among the top hospitals in the country in a matter of just one year.
Subsequently, Dr. Harish Pillai was promoted as the Cluster Head of Aster DM Healthcare in Kerala and Hyderabad that included 5 hospitals. He was also responsible for commissioning the upcoming green-field projects of the group. In April 2018, Dr. Harish Pillai was promoted as the CEO of Aster India that is currently spread across 5 states and has 13 hospitals with around 4500 beds and 8 clinics.
An expert in hospital administration, quality, brand management, business strategy, product launches and joint ventures, Dr. Harish Pillai has played a significant role in the development of the healthcare industry in India and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) by setting new benchmarks in quality and patient care.
Prior to joining Aster DM Healthcare, Dr. Harish Pillai was the CEO of Egypt’s biggest private tertiary care hospital - As Salam International Hospital, Cairo, for over 7 years. He has also been instrumental in implementing several high-value healthcare initiatives in Cairo.
One of the most influential leaders in the Indian healthcare industry, Dr. Harish Pillai is a Member of the Joint Commission International (JCI) Standards Advisory Panel; Member of Governance Council of Association of Healthcare Providers (AHPI); National Co- Chair for Medical Value Travel Committee in Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); Elected secretary of the Kerala Medical Value Travel Society (KMVTS); visiting faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) Hyderabad.
Dr. Harish Pillai has featured in the April 2018 Cover Story of Healthcare Radius Magazine and was conferred with a Special Jury Award for CEO of The Year at the 1st BW Healthcare Hospital Summit & Awards in May 2019.
Gaurav Agarwal, Co-founder, 1mg
Gaurav is the co-founder of 1mg, India's #1 Health platform. With over 18 million app downloads, and 160 million monthly Page Views, 1mg is the favorite app for health consumers across the country. Gaurav was born and raised in Kanpur.
He is a Computer Science graduate from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D). Prior to 1mg, Gaurav was the Business Head at Zynga for its globally bestselling online social gaming business, Farmville.
Arunima Patel, Founder and MD, iGenetic Diagnostics
After completing her engineering degree in Electronics & Communications, Ms. Patel did MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA).
She started her career with multinationals like Prudential Insurance and IBM. She then joined the healthcare investment team of private equity firm Actis where she was instrumental in Actis’s investment into Sterling Hospitals.
It was her stint at Actis that she realized the need and scope of molecular testing service, an activity that were at nascent stages in India then.
She then started iGenetic from scratch with a committed to provide quality diagnostics in Tier II and III cities and rural areas at affordable prices. She was instrumental in attracting investment from marquee investors such as Manipal Education & Medical Group and CDC which is UK Government’s private equity arm. Before MEMG and CDC, she raised Rs 6.5 crore from high net worth individuals.
Ms. Patel has been rightly selected by Forbes India to be one of the women power trailblazers for the year 2018.
In Near future, she plans to take iGenetic to greater heights and the company will continue setting new benchmarks in diagnosis of serious issues such as critical care infections, cancer, infertility, neurology and others. iGenetic is already earned the stature of being the only diagnostics company in India to that can deliver a septicemia (infection of the blood) test report within 24 hours. With a mission to touch a billion lives through the services of her company, Ms. Patel plans to take iGenetic’s presence to Sri Lanka, Middle East and other neighboring countries.
She is socially inclined and is personally contributing to several NGOs. Education in the country and skills are areas dear to her and she is involved with two foundations – Skills Foundation which is building and managing schools for remote areas in Bihar and Adharshilla which funds and manages schools in Madhya Pradesh.
When she is not working, she is globe-trotting being an avid traveler. She is also passionate about health and runs and cycles every day in her free time.
Zoya Brar, Founder and CEO, Core Diagnostics