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A synergy of thought and action, propelled by a passionate team leads to excellence

Dr. Azad Moopen
Chairman & Managing Director

Dr. Azad Moopen is the Chairman and Managing Director of our Company. He is a gold medalist in Medicine and a post graduate in General Medicine from University of Calicut, Kerala, India and a diploma holder in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases from Delhi University, Delhi, India. He is responsible for our Company’s overall business operations and is responsible for setting forth the group strategy and vision. He also serves as a director of NORKA Roots and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation. He has set up Dr. Moopen’s Foundation, a charitable foundation for extending healthcare charitable benefits to the less privileged. He has been a Director of our Company since its incorporation. He has been honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri Award in 2011 and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2010. He has also been conferred the Best Doctor Award by the Government of Kerala in 2009. He has also received the Arab Health Award from the Arab Health Forum in 2010, the Arabian Business Achievement Award from the ITP Publishing Group in 2010 and the Healthcare CEO of the Year Award at the CEO Middle East Awards 2015.

T.J Wilson
Executive Director & Group Head – Governance & Corporate Affairs

T. J. Wilson is a Director of our Company and the Group Head – Goveranance and Corporate Affairs, GCC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Calicut, Kerala, India. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. In the past, he has worked with Koyenco Feeds Private Limited and Parle (Exports) Limited. He is responsible for overseeing the legal, secretarial and governance function, internal audit and large portfolio of new hospital projects. He has been a Director of our Company since April 20, 2009.

Alisha Moopen
Executive Director & CEO of Aster and Medcare Hospitals & Clinics in GCC

Alisha Moopen is currently the Executive Director & CEO of Aster and Medcare Hospitals & Clinics in GCC. Having joined the company as a Director in 2013, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and development of the company, and notably spearheading the expansion of the group into new markets.

Alisha was recently elected by World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader to join the class of 2018. Recognizing her past work in healthcare, she has been inducted into a 5-year program with like-minded people who are committed and passionate to tackle the main challenges of the world today, with healthcare being one of them. She was also recognized as one of the Top 100 World’s Greatest Leaders in Asia and GCC in 2018. Forbes Middle East magazine has selected Alisha as one of the Top Next Generation Indian Leaders in 2018. She also won Khaleej Times’ Emerging Leaders Award 2018 for Healthcare. She is a Chartered Accountant from the ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) and worked earlier with Ernst & Young. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with distinction in Finance & Accounting.

Alisha’s philosophy in life is ‘Healthiness is Happiness’. She wants to enable quality healthcare across the globe through treating people with compassion, precision and excellence. She is dedicated to the cause of women empowerment and mental health. She believes in the diversity of workforce, strength in differences and focused on improving the glass ceilings at work for women. She was instrumental in launching the Women in Leadership programme at Aster DM Healthcare which empowers talented and capable female employees with training and growth opportunities, to shape them for leadership roles. She is also an active philanthropist, being a trustee of Aster DM Foundation and involved in social welfare through Aster Volunteers programme which bridges the gap between people who would like to help with those in need.

Alisha is dedicated to ensure that humanity leverages on advances in science as well as personal re-engineering of self, ranging from lifestyle choices to dealing with the external environment, to staying happy and healthy, both physically and mentally. She believes using technology can enable better health outcomes for population management through precision medicine, connected care and AI.

Andre Daoud
CEO – Medcare Hospitals & Medical Centers, GCC

Andre is the CEO – Medcare Hospitals & Medical Centers, GCC. He leads the definition and implementation of business strategies, revamping the patient experience, paving way for digitalization, organic business growth & expansion through M&A.

Andre has over 20 years track record of leading insurance, finance and e-Business industries. He has a diploma in insurance from St. Joseph University Lebanon and has completed a higher diploma leadership development from University College of Cork, Ireland.

Sreenath P. Reddy
Group Chief Financial Officer
Aster DM Healthcare

Sreenath Reddy is the Group Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed to this post on November 15, 2012. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a bachelor’s degree in Law, both from the Bangalore University, Bangalore, India. He is experienced in the field of accounts and finance. Prior to joining our Company he was working as the chief financial officer of Narayana Hrudalaya Limited.

Prof. K.K. Varma
Director
Aster MIMS Research Center, Calicut

K. K. Varma is the director of Aster MIMS research center, Calicut. He was appointed to this post with effect from November 1, 2015. He has been with the group since September 3, 2001. He holds a master’s degree in Surgery from the University of Kerala, Faculty of Medicine. He is also a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is experienced in the field of healthcare.

Fara Siddiqi
Group CHRO
Aster DM Healthcare
Fara Siddiqi is the Group Chief Human Resources Officer. She joined our group on June 14, 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts from Purdue University. She has also completed a HR Management Program from Rice University and a Leading People Program from University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School. Prior to joining Dr. Moopen’s Healthcare Management Services LLC, she worked as the Group HR Director at Gems Education and was earlier the Vice President – HR at Bank of America.

Veneeth Purushotaman
Group Chief Information Officer
Aster DM Healthcare

Veneeth has over two decades of experience in leading technology enablement and transformation across Retail, Education and Healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Aster DM Healthcare, he was the CIO of Fortis Healthcare.

An ISB-Kellogg School of Management Alumni and a certified Healthcare CIO (CIOH) and a board member and joint secretary at CHIME India Chapter.

He is a CIO – Hall of Fame honoree and was conferred the Images Most Admired CIO of the year – Retail in 2015 by the Images Retail Organization. He is also awarded India’s Top 50 CIO’s by CIO Associations of India.

Dr. Malathi Arshanapalai
Group Chief Medical & Quality Officer
Aster DM Healthcare

Dr. A. Malathi is the chief medical and quality officer of our group. She was appointed to this post on February 16, 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Bangalore University and a master’s degree in Human Physiology from Bombay University. She has also completed a training programme in hospital administration from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She is experienced in the field of healthcare. Prior to joining Dr. Moopen’s Healthcare Management Services LLC, she has worked at Fortis Hospitals Limited, Manipal Health Enterprises Private Limited and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College.

Jobilal M. Vavachan
CEO
Aster Primary Care

Jobilal M. Vavachan is the Assistant Vice President & Chief Executive Officer of Aster Retail. He joined the group on July 14, 2005 and his expertise is in the field of Pharmacy Retailing, Strategic Planning, Operations Management & Business Development. He has overseen the growth of the pharmacy vertical and initiated new concepts in Healthcare Retailing. Aster Pharmacy Group was reckoned with many Quality and Business Excellence awards under his leadership, viz. Dubai Quality Appreciation Award (2016), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Business Excellence (2015) & DSES Awards for Service Excellence in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 & 2016, DSES Awards for service excellence in 2010-11, 2014-17 along with Sheikh Khalifa Business Excellence award (2018), Dubai Innovation Award (2018) & Dubai Human Development Award (2018).

Mr. Jobilal holds a Master in Business Administration(MBA) from INSEAD, France. He is also a pharmacy graduate from Bangalore University and has completed executive management program from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in General Management & Strategic HRM.

Dr. Harish Pillai
CEO – Aster Hospitals and Clinics, India

A doctor with exceptional leadership skills, Dr. Harish Pillai joined the Aster DM Healthcare Group as the CEO of Aster Medcity, Kochi in the year 2013. His ability to strategize and manage large-scale healthcare organisations helped Aster Medcity consolidate its place among the top hospitals in the country in a matter of just one year.

In 2015, Dr. Harish Pillai was promoted as the Cluster Head of Aster DM Healthcare in Kerala, which includes Aster Medcity Kochi, Kerala’s first JCI accredited 670-bed quaternary care hospital; Aster MIMS Calicut, India’s first NABH accredited 600-bed tertiary care hospital; Aster MIMS Kottakkal, a 200-bed NABH accredited secondary care hospital and DM WIMS, Wayanad, a 575-bed NABH accredited hospital and medical college. His responsibilities also extend to Aster Prime Hospitals, 150-bed multi-speciality hospital in Hyderabad. As the Cluster Head, Dr. Harish Pillai is also responsible for commissioning the upcoming three green-field projects of the group.

An expert in hospital administration, quality and brand management, business strategy, product launches and joint ventures, Dr. Harish Pillai has played a significant role in the development of the healthcare industry in India and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) by setting new benchmarks in quality and patient care.

Prior to joining Aster DM Healthcare, Dr. Harish Pillai was the CEO of Egypt’s biggest private tertiary care hospital – As Salam International Hospital, Cairo, for over 7 years.

One of the most influential leaders in the Indian healthcare industry, Dr. Harish Pillai is a Member of the Joint Commission International (JCI) Standards Advisory Panel; President of Association of Healthcare Providers (AHPI) – Kerala Chapter; National Co- Chair for Medical Value Travel Committee in Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); Elected secretary of the Kerala Medical Value Travel Society (KMVTS); visiting faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) Hyderabad.

U. Basheer
Executive Director
Aster MIMS, India

After Graduation he started his business in Dubai and continued the same for nearly 15 years. He returned to Calicut in 1990 and has been in the business field in Jewellery and Property Development.

He took charge as Executive Director of MIMS hospital in 2011 and has been in charge of overall supervision and control of non-clinical Departments and General Administration including Business Development. He is in charge of starting new hospitals of Aster at Kannur, at Pantheerankavu, Calicut and Aster MIMS-Calicut Campus in addition to various other developmental projects in Aster MIMS Calicut and Aster MIMS Kottakkal.

Dr. Nitish Shetty
CEO – Aster Hospitals & Clinics, Bengaluru

Dr. Nitish Shetty is the Chief Executive Officer of Aster Hospitals & Clinics, Bengaluru. He was appointed on 24th October, 2014.He is a highly accomplished professional with M.B.B.S, MD (Hospital administration) from KMC Hospital, Manipal, MAHE. He has over a decade and half years of experience in leadership roles in corporate healthcare units.

His key expertise are in Heading Operations of a chain of Healthcare Business Units, Strategic Initiatives, Projects, Technology Management and Hospital Planning. He is a highly motivated and self-driven Leader with excellent Team building skills.

Dr.Nitish was previously working as the CEO for BGS Global Hospital, Bangalore. He has also previously worked as Managing Director for Narayana Hrudayalaya Dental Chain and was the CEO of Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital, Bengaluru.

Dr. Sameer Moopan, MBBS
Chief Executive Officer – Aster DM Healthcare, Doha, Qatar
Aster Hospital & Clinic – Qatar

Dr. Sameer Moopan is the Chief Executive Officer of Aster DM Healthcare for their Qatar operations. He did a crucial role in conceiving Aster in Qatar. Dr. Sameer completed his MBBS from Kasturba Medical College Mangalore, did his houseman ship in Government Medical College Calicut. He then joined as Project Coordinator for Malabar Institute of Medical sciences, a 900 bedded hospital of international standards in Kerala. He was involved in the planning and execution of this project. Dr. Sameer Moopan came to Doha in 2002 to start the operations of Aster DM Healthcare in Qatar.

He was in charge of the group and is responsible identifying and executing the projects for the group and stated the very successful Aster Medical Centres – Al Rafa Poly Clinic and Medinova Diagnostic Centre in Doha in early 2003. Now the group has 7 clinics, 7 pharmacies and 1 diagnostic centre. Aster Hospital, a 50 bedded facility is constructed in near the old airport, Doha and expecting inauguration by the mid of 2017.

Seeniya Biju
CEO – Aster Hospitals & Clinics, Oman

Aster Al Raffah Hospitals and clinics in Oman is headed by a dynamic and compassionate leader Ms. Seeniya Biju who joined the organization in 2009. She played a pivotal role in developing and implementing a strategic direction and vision for starting further units in Oman. She brought with her not only the experience in quality and marketing but also the passion and continued endeavor to achieve excellence in healthcare with selfless service.

Ms. Seeniya and her team live their avowed motto of offering personalized and preventive health care for all and her leadership and passion to excel has added many accolades to the history of Aster, Oman. Aster, Al Raffah has been the recipient of numerous mementos and appreciations and the most notable achievement has the “Customer Care Excellence Award in 2012”, OER Most Powerful Woman in Business – Announced by OER Magazine in 2014, “Al Mara Special Award for Excellence in Fostering Personalized and Preventive Healthcare, 2014”.

Dr. Shanila Laiju
CEO – Medcare Hospital, Al Safa & MOSH, UAE

Dr. Shani is a medical professional and did her graduation in Dentistry from the University of Manipal, India. She has good and relevant experience in the field of healthcare industry administration both in India and UAE. Dr. Shani was previously associated with number of Sub brands under the DM Healthcare before her tenure with Medcare Hospital as Administrator. She has headed various units under the DM and achieved the expected growth level on both Human Resources and the business area. Dr. Shani is presently among the Senior Committee members of DM Group and an expert in the Hospital Operations and Management. She has held Senior positions and has been instrumental in heading and developing the Administration, HR and Medical Support units functions.

Dr. Fadi Al Ghareeb
Chief Executive Officer
Sanad Hospital, KSA

Dr. Fadi Al Ghareeb is the Acting Chief Executive Officer at “Sanad Hospital”, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is Consultant Epilepsy Spinal Surgeon. He is member of number of Societies in KSA, France and USA. He is experienced in his field, has researches and publications, and has received many awards. Prior to joining our group, he was the Head of Surgery Department, at Riyadh care Hospital, Consultant Epilepsy-Related Functional Oncology Neurosurgery.