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Dr. B.R. Shetty

Joint Non-Executive Chairman


Dr B.R. Shetty is the Joint Non-Executive Chairman of NMC Healthcare

Born in India, Dr Shetty arrived in the UAE in 1973 shortly after the country’s formation. As a trained pharmacist, he opened his first pharmacy in 1974. In 1974 he established the New Medical Centre (NMC), which also included a dedicated dental department.

NMC has since grown to become the UAE’s largest private sector healthcare provider. Today, it has hospitals and clinics across the UAE and treats almost two million patients a year.

Dr Shetty’s other business activities include UAE Exchange, a leading global money transfer and foreign exchange provider, of which he is Managing Director and CEO, and investments in hospitality, food and beverage, pharmaceutical manufacturing and real estate.

Dr Shetty received the Order of Abu Dhabi in 2005, the country’s highest civilian award, for contribution to the development of the community and the cause of the emirate, as well as the Padma Shri Award from the government of India in January 2009.

In addition to his business activities, Dr Shetty is involved in several philanthropic causes. He has supported the development of a medical institution in the north Indian state of Uttaranchal and is the founder and patron of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association in the UAE.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Dubai Economic Department’s Financial Sector, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Indian School, Founder and Vice President of the Swiss Business Council, and Founder of the Australian Business Council, the Canadian Business Council, the Netherlands Business Group and the Philippines Business Council.

Dr Shetty is also a member of the Executive Panel of Dubai’s Pharmaceutical and Health Equipment Trading Business Group under the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

A passionate cricket fan, Dr Shetty is the former President of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council and was the Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Club from its inception in 1989 until 2006

Dr B. R. Shetty received a Doctorate from Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA and was invited by the Harvard Business School to attend its Owner/President Management programme. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of Boston University, USA.