THE CARAVAN OF SUCCEESS
With a clinical degree in pharmacy, Dr. B. R. Shetty began his journey in the 1970s by selling medical supplies. Since then, he hasn’t turned back and grown astoundingly, making NMC Healthcare a universal healthcare giant, getting even bigger by expanding its business operations from the UAE to global markets.
A serial entrepreneur who is committed to the well-being and prosperity of community and society, Dr. B. R. Shetty is the Founder and Chairman of well-known NMC Healthcare, Finablr, Neopharma and BRS Ventures. His distinct capabilities and business prudence have changed the scenario of healthcare industry in the region. With a commitment to offer high-tech facilities, he has been able to make NMC get listed on the London Stock Exchange and as a part of the elite group of the coveted FTSE100 index. NMC today stands tall among the prestigious club of MSCI Global Index.
CREATING A BETTER WORLD FOR PEOPLE
Being a visionary leader with solid business acumen, Dr. Shetty has marked a significant presence in several untapped markets and charted novel paths in his thriving entrepreneurial journey in UAE. The increasing number of expats in the UAE gave rise to the need for a recognized and secure money transfer channel.
Dr. Shetty sensed this as an opportunity and forayed into the remittance sector by launching UAE Exchange, which later grew as a leading brand for global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions. To further this business, he acquired Travelex, the one of the world’s most prominent foreign exchange company. This acquisition led to the merger of two major category leaders into the parent organisation – Finablr.
With his sheer commitment, persistence, dynamism and energetic personality, Dr. Shetty has performed exceptionally well in numerous businesses and today, his business empire spans throughout the globe. From modest beginnings, he has made NMC the largest healthcare provider with over 200 facilities spread across 17 countries, employing over 18,000 employees including more than 3,000 doctors providing world-class treatment and care to nearly 8.5 million patients every year.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Dr. Shetty has been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University, Dubai. His business undertakings and outstanding social work have earned him the “Order of Abu Dhabi”, the highest civilian honour bestowed by the Government of Abu Dhabi. He is a proud recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award, one of the highest civilian honors from the Government of India.
The former President of India, late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam honoured him the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, for his marvelous contribution towards betterment of NRI community. Moreover, he has also received the First-Ever Swiss Ambassador’s Award 2008 from H. E. Wolfgang Amadeus Bruelhart, Ambassador of Switzerland, Abu Dhabi, and the Forbes Middle East Top Indian Leaders in the UAE Award, among many others.
Dr. Shetty truly believes that society plays a significant part in the growth of an individual; therefore, it is one’s duty to give back to it. One of the ways he does this is by contributing to betterment of educational facilities. Dr. Shetty’s permanent interest in education has made him a forerunner in establishing the largest community school, Abu Dhabi Indian School, where he serves as the Honorary Chairman.