EY Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.
As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programmes.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairperson and managing director, Biocon, has been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 and will now represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEOY) in Monte Carlo from 4–6 June, 2020.
Uday Kotak led an eminent eight-member independent jury panel, the other jury members were Deep Kalra, founder and CEO, MakeMyTrip; Kunal Shroff, co-founder and managing partner, ChrysCapital; Gopal Srinivasan, founder, chairman, TVS Capital Funds; Naina Lal Kidwai, chairman of Advent Private Equity; Sameer Sain, co-founder, Everstone Group; Vijay Sankar, deputy chairman, The Sanmar Group; Jalaj Dani, co-promoter, Asian Paints.
The winners tell remarkable stories of ambition and fortitude to pursue growth with innovation and purpose. With the emergence of a new India and big shifts in the economy, the Jury instituted a new category this year, ‘Transformational Impact Person of the Year’. This recognises an individual who is a champion of change and has reinvented both the industry and the ecosystem. Tuhin Parikh, managing director – real estate, Blackstone India. He became the first winner of this new category. With his ground-breaking initiatives, Parikh has enabled a transformational shift in how global investors view the Indian real-estate sector.
Falguni Nayar, founder and CEO, Nykaa E-Retail, was conferred the ‘Start-up category’ award. Arun Bharat Ram, chairman, SRF, was conferred the ‘Manufacturing category award’ for transforming a century-old enterprise into a global-scale manufacturing major, with world-class products and processes, and focus on corporate governance and sustainability. The ‘Service Category’ winner, Sridhar Vembu of Zoho Corporation, is a technology evangelist. Yashish Dahiya, CEO and co-founder, PolicyBazaar, was conferred with the ‘Financial Services Category’ award.
The winners of ‘Consumer Products & Retail Category’, Kuldip Singh Dhingra, chairman, and Gurbachan Singh Dhingra, vice-chairman, Berger Paints, have built a successful enterprise through innovation. The ‘Lifesciences and Healthcare Category’ award went to Arvind Lal, MD, and Om Manchanda, CEO, Dr. Lal PathLabs.
Ravi Raheja and Neel Raheja, group presidents, K Raheja Corp., were the winners of the ‘Energy, Real Estate & Infrastructure Category’. K.B.S. Anand, managing director and CEO, Asian Paints, was honored as the ‘Entrepreneurial CEO’. Furthermore, Adi Godrej, chairman, Godrej Group, was felicitated with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.