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Kanchana T. K.

Director General, Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI)

Kanchana T.K., in about two decades of professional experience, has worked across the spectrum of businesses related to healthcare consulting and delivery, healthcare access and pharmaceuticals. She has worked across functions including public affairs, policy, and business verticals in India, Africa and Middle East.

Kanchana has been a recipient of many awards including ‘Bloomberg-UTV Women in Leadership Award’, ‘Women at Work Leadership Award’ by Bloomberg-UTV, ‘WILL Choice Awards’ by WILL Forum and was invited to speak at the TEDx Symposium held in Pune. Passionate about gender diversity and associated with various forums, Kanchana has also co- authored the WILL mothers handbook.

Having worked in two highly regulated sectors – insurance and pharmaceuticals, she understands stakeholder expectations and the evolving policy ecosystem in the country. Her experience of consulting on new product offerings for healthcare insurance, a deep understanding of the patent and pricing issues in pharma, designing patient assistance programs and access initiatives enable her better understand the healthcare needs in India. Her previous experience of managing public affairs across borders in Middle East and Africa makes her well versed with healthcare paradigm in other geographies as well. With a rich and versatile experience across the healthcare continuum, some of the campaigns designed under her leadership have had impactful outcomes. ‘Pink Drive’ a campaign for Breast Cancer awareness under her guidance at BMS won an Abby’s award.

Prior to joining BMS India, Kanchana was in senior executive positions with Vantage Insurance Brokers & Risk Advisors Pvt Ltd., Marsh/Mercer India, and in managerial roles at SBI Life Insurance Company, ING Vysya Life Insurance Company, AXA and Taj Group of Hotels.