Shri Rajiv Dinesh Gandhi


CEO and MD, Hester Biosciences Limited,


Rajiv Gandhi, born 11 July 1962, is a first generation entrepreneur.

A graduate from Bombay University, he started a proprietary trading company in 1985 in Mumbai for distributing animal health products.

He then transformed that proprietary business into Asia’s largest single location animal vaccine and health products manufacturing company based in Ahmedabad under the name of Hester Biosciences.

Hester is now a 710 people strong organisation which recorded a turnover of INR 254 crores in the financial year 2022-23, earning a net profit of INR 33 crores.

Hester subsequently expanded its animal vaccine manufacturing activities by setting up plants in Nepal and in Tanzania respectively.

In 2016, Rajiv was awarded the ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA).

Rajiv holds positions at:

  1. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Gujarat State Chapter, as Chairman
  2. Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), as Vice President
  3. National Advisory Committee for Animal Husbandry and Dairying Sector, constituted by The Government of India, as a member
  4. Sardar Vallabhbhai Global University, Ahmedabad, as member of the Governing Council
  5. Kamdhenu University, Gandhinagar, as member of the Governing Council
  6. Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, as member of the Governing Council

Rajiv is a strong proponent of Indian culture. He enjoys discussions on history and politics. He believes that a role of a leader is not to create more followers, but to create more leaders.