Dr. Ruby Pawankar is President of World Allergy Organization. She is the first Indian and first woman president of the WAO which was established in 1951. Currently she is a professor at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, Japan and Guest Professor at Showa University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan and Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. She is a recipient of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman 2010 from the President of India. Dr. Pawankar has focused on the furtherance of India-Japan medical collaboration for a number of years. She is recognised in Japan and worldwide for her outstanding contributions to science. She was born to T.K. Mathew, Kannukuzhy, Puthuppally in Kottayam District of Kerala, India. She studied in Loreto, Kolkata and did her Undergraduate Medical Education from the Armed Forces Medical College Pune India and her post graduation form B.J. Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India. She then trained in allergy and clinical immunology from Nippon Medical School and Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo Japan. She received her doctorate in allergy and clinical immunology from Nippon Medical School. She is an Editor of several peer reviewed journals, has edited books and is a Member/ Fellow of several academic socvieties in allergy, asthma and rhinology, a member of the Collegium International Allergolocum and on the boards of several organizations. Prof. Pawankar has widely published in the field of allergy asthma and clinical immunology and has been a receipient of several national and international awards.