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minita-shah-mara Minita Shah-Mara

VP of Organization Effectiveness and Global Diversity and Inclusion — Biogen

Minita Shah-Mara is a human resources leader with experience in both the legal and biotech industries.  She is currently VP of Organization Effectiveness and Global Diversity and Inclusion at Biogen, Inc, a global biotech which discovers, develops, and delivers worldwide innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.   

In her current role, she leads a team focused on shaping a strong organizational culture, cultivating talent, driving organizational performance through high-performing teams, and excelling in employee experience.  She also partners with business and HR Leads to further develop and execute the company’s workforce strategies around diversity and inclusion (D&I), with a focus of embedding D&I principles throughout the employee lifecycle.

Before joining Biogen, she held positions of successive leadership, including heading the attorney recruiting and development function at a mid-sized law firm in Northern California and heading the Diversity and Inclusion functions for two large AMLaw 200 firms.  Prior to that, Minita worked as a clinical social worker counseling adolescents with mental health disorders. Minita received a master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston University and an MBA from Babson College.

Minita sits on Bentley University’s Business Advisory Council, is a Board member of ATASK, the Asian task force against domestic violence, and coaches students as a part of Babson College’s Coaching for Leadership Program.