Ameera Shah, born on September 24, 1979, is a prominent Indian entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Metropolis Healthcare, a multinational chain of pathology centres headquartered in Mumbai and spanning seven countries.
Her remarkable journey, from inheriting her father's pathology business to transforming it into a global healthcare giant, has earned her numerous accolades and recognition.
Ameera Shah was born into a family deeply rooted in the medical field. Her father, Dr. Sushil Shah, is a renowned pathologist, and her mother, Dr. Duru Shah, is a distinguished gynaecologist.
Growing up in Mumbai, Ameera was surrounded by a family of doctors, with her elder sister, Aparna Shah, being a geneticist.
Ameera's educational journey began with her studies in commerce at H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. She later pursued a degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Her quest for knowledge led her to work with Goldman Sachs in New York and complete the Owner-President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Ameera Shah is not only an industry spokesperson but has also been invited to speak at various national and international forums, industry events, and conclaves, including TED, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and Harvard Business School.
Ameera Shah's most significant career move was taking the reins of her father's pathology business, Metropolis Lab, in 2001.
Under her dynamic leadership, the business evolved from a single diagnostic lab with $1.5 million in revenue and 40 employees into Metropolis Healthcare, a multinational chain comprising 125 diagnostic labs, generating $90 million in revenue and employing 4,500 individuals.
Her astute business acumen led to the successful listing of the company in April 2019, marking a significant milestone in the healthcare industry.
Ameera Shah's influence extends to various boards and affiliations:
Board Member of Marico Kaya Enterprises Limited
Managing Director of Metropolis Healthcare Limited
Independent Director at Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited, Shoppers Stop Limited, and Kaya Limited
Advisor to Baylor College of Medicine
Member of the Global Advisory Board of AXA
Additionally, she has held key positions, such as serving as the secretary of the Indian Association of Pathology Laboratories (IAPL) and co-chairing the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Health Services Committee in 2012.
Ameera Shah's entrepreneurial spirit has led her to venture into various fields. In 2016 and 2017, she not only starred in but also invested in the startup reality television show "The Vault." In 2017, she founded "Empoweress," a not-for-profit initiative aimed at providing advice, mentorship, and micro-funding to women-led businesses.
Throughout her illustrious career, Ameera Shah has received numerous honours and awards, including:
CNBC-AWAAZ CEO Awards in 2019
Inclusion in Business Today's "Most Powerful Women" list in 2018 and 2019
Recognition as one of Forbes India's "Tycoons of Tomorrow" in 2018
Listing as one of "India's Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune India Magazine, with rankings in 2017, 2018, and 2019
Selection as one of "Asia's Power Business Women" by Forbes in 2015
Recognition as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in 2015
"Women Leadership Award" at the CMO Asia Awards in 2015
"Exemplary Women Leadership Award" by the World Women Leadership Congress & Awards in 2014
Inclusion in the "40 Under 40 Business Leaders" by The Economic Times
Recognition as "Young Achiever of the Year" at the CMO Asia Awards in 2011
Awarded "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2011 by Entrepreneur India & Bloomberg
Ameera Shah's personal life is marked by her marriage to Hemant Sachdev, a UK-based Indian-origin businessman. Hemant serves as a non-executive director of Metropolis Healthcare.
In March 2020, the couple welcomed a baby boy named Karma, and the family later relocated to Dubai during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ameera Shah's journey in entrepreneurship and healthcare stands as a testament to her dedication, innovation, and leadership in transforming the medical landscape in India and beyond. Her continued efforts in the healthcare sector make her an exemplary figure in the world of business and philanthropy.