A well-versed leader, Dr. Ujwala has an MD and Post-Graduate Diploma in Hospital Administration. She earned her medical degree from the Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College in Kolar (Karnataka). Following her MD degree in Physiology at the University of Bangalore, she pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Administration. She began her entrepreneurial journey at a young age. Initially, she worked in her family-run pharmaceutical company and introduced several pharmaceutical and Ayurvedic products that led to the company’s steady growth. She spent almost 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry before joining RDPL (Raj Disle Private Limited), a company with diversified divisions under its wing.
A MULTI-FACETED PERSONALITY
Besides being a doctor, industrialist, sportswoman, and pioneering philanthropist, Dr. Ujwala has also made a mark in the education sector. A visionary and a dreamer, she established Marigold International School (the education division of RDPL) in 2020 to offer students quality and holistic education. In just two years, the determined leader expanded the school from 56 students to over 900 students, which is indeed a commendable achievement.
Dr. Ujwala is also the Managing Director of Marigold Hospital, the healthcare division of RDPL, established in 2017. The hospital began with a few employees and a skeletal infrastructure. Under her stewardship and unwavering commitment, it has now grown to be a 50-bed NABH accredited hospital handling a broad range of specialities. Within five years, the hospital has carved its name as a leading provider of comprehensive diabetes, metabolic, neurologic, cardiovascular, dental and metabolic diseases associated with diabetes and other endocrine disorders.
With her visionary and astute leadership skills, Dr. Ujwala Jagdale has pioneered a variety of enterprises, including Marigold Clinics & Diagnostics, Nagi Farms, Chikmagalur Coffee Estates, and Sri Sabarimala Temple Trust, among others.
A COMPASSIONATE INDIVIDUAL
Dr. Ujwala is widely respected and admired by her staff and community for her generous nature, clear insight and humility. Over the years, she has made commendable contributions to the community and served as an inspiration to others. She actively participates in CSR activities under the RNR Foundation, a charitable institution started in the name of her late father, Sri Nagaraja Rao. The charity runs various community development programmes to assist marginalised sections of society. Her work ranges from organising rural healthcare camps for the poor to providing scholarships to aid underprivileged children in advancing their education and careers.
Additionally, Marigold Hospital was turned into a Covid-19 centre under her leadership so that coronavirus patients could obtain prompt treatment. In addition, 400 construction workers and their families received food and shelter during the pandemic. Furthermore, about 150 plantation workers infected with the lethal coronavirus were offered medical assistance.
In recognition of her entrepreneurial brilliance and selfless service to society, Dr. Ujwala has been honoured with several prestigious awards, including the International ICONS 2022 award, K12 Leadership award, and Women Achiever award from Kotak Mahindra, to name a few. The versatile leader has also won state and national awards for rifle shooting.
A multitalented leader, she enjoys reading and writing poetry. She has written several poetry books. She is also a trained pianist and a talented cook.