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Role Players 2022

Dr. Rajiv Desai

Career Highlights:
  • Experience of working in the Pharmaceutical Industry for over 34 years
  • Head of Corporate Quality Management at Lupin, Alembic, Dr Reddys, Mylan, Orchid Pharma,
  • Past assignments also included at Novartis, Piramal, FDC and USV
  • Worked in Quality Management, Basic Research, Process Development, Analytical development, and Regulatory Affairs, Project management and Technology Transfers.
  • Involved with projects with several Pharma MNCs for Regulated markets
  • Worked in India, Switzerland, and China. Collaborated with companies in several geographies around the world.
  • Involved in implementation of best practices in the industry for Quality and productivity improvement.
  • Experience and involvement in Regulatory inspections by USFDA, MHRA, EDQM, WHO, PMDA, ANVISA, COFEPRIS, TGA, Kosher and ISO certifications
  • Conducted Due Diligence for mergers and acquisitions
  • Recipient of the Chairman's Excellence Award for best Quality Management and Best Customer retention Initiative at Dr Reddys Laboratories.
  • Invited for technical presentations at national and International seminars and workshops.
  • Member of US Pharmacopeia Expert Committee (2010 - 2015)
  • Member of Indian Pharmacopoeia Expert committee
  • Active member of Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) since its inception. Worked on several guideline publications, seminars, and workshops as a key representative of the Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Selected as a visiting faculty at UDCT under an Daichi Kakaria Endowment faculty program for year 2013.
  • Nominated as Industry expert Supervisor at JNTU, Andhra University, Nirma University for postgraduate and Ph D students.
  • Faculty at the M. Tech (Pharma ) post graduate program in collaboration with BITS, Pillani sponsored by Dr Reddys Laboratories.
  • Invited to deliver keynote address at the International Conference on Quality Management at IIM, Ahmedabad
  • World Quality Congress Award for one of the top 50 Quality Professional in the country in 2014 and one of the top 50 Influential Quality Professional in 2015 across the industries.


M.Sc., Ph. D (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), MAM

Ph.D (Pharmaceutical Chemistry )
Topic: 'Studies in the Chemistry of Phthalides'
Under the supervision of Prof. S.D.Samant, Professor, Applied Chemistry Department at University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Mumbai, INDIA.
Scholarship by Govt. of Maharashtra, INDIA

M.Sc (Organic Chemistry) University of Mumbai 1984

B.Sc (Chemistry) University of Mumbai 1982

M.A.M. (Master's in Administration Management) 1992 – 1995
(Three years post-graduate degree course conducted by the University of Mumbai at NarseeMoonjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Vile-Parle, Mumbai)