by Suman Gupta
Ms. Ameera Shah is the Promoter & Managing Director of Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., a reputed chain of diagnostic centers with a loyal customer base across India, South Asia, Africa and Middle East. Metropolis delivers over 30 million tests annually and caters to over 2,00,000 consultants across emerging markets. Metropolis is rated amongst the top 1% laboratories globally for its quality systems and protocols.
For the last 17 years, Ms. Shah has focused on delivering sustained growth, built and led corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, innovation, investor relations etc. Under her leadership, Metropolis raised the bar of diagnostic accuracy, technological equipment, customer experience and research driven, empathetic service. Ms. Shah has been responsible for corporatizing Metropolis by setting protocols, hiring expert professionals for the management team and also bringing together a fully actualized board. Due to its unique growth model and competitive advantage, Metropolis has attracted three rounds of investment by reputed private equity investors. Upholding the highest standards of corporate governance and business ethics, Metropolis has built exceptional value for all of its stakeholders.
Named amongst ‘Asia’s Most Powerful Women in Business’ by Forbes Asia and ‘Fifty Most Powerful Women in Business’ by Fortune India, Ms Shah is recognized as a global thought leader in the healthcare industry. She has also played an instrumental role in changing the pathology industry landscape in the country; industry from being a doctor led practice to a professional corporate group in an extremely unregulated, competitive and fragmented market.
Ms. Shah received a degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and has also completed the prestigious Owner-President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
In addition to being a propagator of organizational empathy and gender sensitivity, Ms Shah is also an active financial investor and a business mentor, who is passionate about the women leadership and empowerment cause. As a business leader, who has paved her own path to excellence, she is committed to supporting budding women entrepreneurs to unshackle from societal stereotypes and grow their business. This led her to build Empoweress in October 2017, which has about 25 women led businesses in its fold today.
An eminent industry spokesperson, she has been featured as a speaker in various National and International forums, industry events and conclaves organized by IIM, Harvard Business School, TedX, CII, FICCI, Google Twitter and other global entities. She has also been elected the Secretary of the IAPL (Indian Association of Pathology Laboratories) and has served as the Chairperson of the ‘FICCI Health services Western Subgroup’ that drives policy decisions at the Center. Ms. Shah is an independent director on the board of several reputed companies and is also an advisor to many educational institutions.
Notable Awards and Accolades
- Most powerful women in Business by Fortune India 2017
- Forbes Asia listed Ms. Shah in the Asia’s Most Powerful Women 2015
- ‘Young Global Leader’ list brought out by the prestigious ‘World Economic Forum’ in 2015
- 40 under 40 years by Economic Times & Spencer Stuart (2014).
- Bloomberg. ‘Exemplary Women Leadership award’ at the World Women Leadership and Congress awards 2014.
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ in 2011 organized by Entrepreneur India and Bloomberg