The Global Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Management

Ahmedabad University, in collaboration with the University of California San Diego, offers a Global Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Management for working professionals in the sector. This customised rigorous 2-year degree programme aims to empower management teams with leadership capabilities to enhance decision making and sharpen execution throughout the pharmaceutical value chain.

The unprecedented crisis that the world is facing today in the form of the pandemic is going to heighten the emphasis on health and wellbeing. This will, in turn, spur innovations to drive the size and growth of the pharmaceutical, life sciences, and healthcare industry with positive impact on the health of the global population. This value will flow to firms that that have talent – especially at the management and leadership levels – ready to adopt the innovation into their businesses.

The programme combines gaining pharmaceutical sector-specific knowledge with learning best practices in management from across sectors. This gives the participants the best of both worlds – depth of pharmaceutical industry expertise and breadth of management thinking. The aim of the programme is to help participants make the leap from being good managers to great leaders, What often sets leaders apart from managers is perspective; the ability to see the big picture, to rise above the daily tasks to see what lies beyond the horizon. You will enter the programme as a manager, leave as a leader. Participants will learn not just how to manage tasks better in the next quarter, but in the next decade.

Pharmaceutical, Health and Lifesciences companies are adopting digital transformation, thereby harnessing the power of Data Science, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning in their business models. Companies have now started collaborating in the value chain, to drive efficiencies and sustain growth which is achieved through a connected digital ecosystem. The future of the pharmaceutical industry is expected to be driven by digital transformation that is enabled by interoperable data and open, secure platforms, with the objective to move towards personalised drugs and treatment.   

The Global Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Management is designed to prepare senior professionals for this transformation. It is designed to engage pharmaceutical and healthcare business owners and professionals in intense interactions with experienced colleagues and global faculty on key issues affecting the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. The delivery method of the programme includes Masterclasses, Case Studies, Simulations, Collaborative Workshops, One-on-One Coaching, and the Capstone Project; aimed to enable participants to continually enhance their professional performance while sharpening their domain and managerial perspectives.

The unique proposition of this programme is its depth of contextualisation in the domains of Biological and Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Manufacturing, Operations, Sales and Marketing functions; all in the context of the regulatory landscape of the pharmaceutical industry. This domain expertise is encapsulated inside the wider leadership perspective.

The programme is led by distinguished faculty from India and abroad, including the University of California San Diego, specialising in business leadership, management, digital and medical technology, biological and life sciences, and pharmaceutical sectors.



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Dr Chaitanya Dutt

Director – R&D
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited

Ms Archana Bhaskar

Chief Human Resources Officer
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Limited

Mr Amitava Saha

President – Human Resources
Biocon Limited


Dr John York

Adjunct Professor, Ahmedabad University and UC San Diego and CEO, Akita Biomedical

Professor Kausalya Santhanam

Adjunct Faculty, Ahmedabad University
CEO, SciVista IP & Communication

Professor Sundar Venkatesh

Adjunct Faculty, Ahmedabad University,
Advisor and Adjunct Professor, Asian Institute of Technology
CEO, ConnectEd Learning & Development


The Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego is a professional school within one of the top-ranked institutions in the U.S. for higher education and research. Established in 2003, the Rady School of Management develops ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration and knowledge.

UC San Diego is recognised as one of the top universities in the world and is fortunate to yield a culturally diverse, international student body. The Rady School embraces cultural inclusion as essential to the fabric of the school. Diversity is fundamental to creativity, to innovation, to insight and especially to understanding, all of which contribute to the mosaic that makes Rady School so extraordinary. 

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