MBBS, MD, DTCD
|Alma mater||Calicut Medical College|
|Home town||Kalpakancheri, Kerala|
|Net worth||$ 1 billion|
|Board member of||Aster DM Healthcare (Chairman and Managing Director)|
National Committee on Healthcare (Chairman)
Confederation of Indian Industry (3. Chairman)
|Awards||Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (2010)|
Padma Shri (2011)
Azad Moopen (born 15 April 1953 in Kalpakancheri, Kerala) is an Indian physician and philanthropist, and a developer of healthcare facilities in Asia-Pacific. He is the chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare, a healthcare conglomerates in the Middle East and India founded in 1987. In 2010 and 2011, he was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman and Padma Shri by the Government of India, respectively. Forbes ranked him 6th in the "Top 100 Indian Leaders in UAE" list, and according to Arabian Business named him as 29th in the "50 Richest Indians in the GCC". His total wealth was estimated at approximately $5.9 billion by Forbes in 2017.
Early life and education
Azad Moopen was born in 1953 in the Indian village Kalpakancheri in Malappuram district of Kerala. His family owned land in the area of Kalpakancheri, a part of Valluvanad in Southern Malabar. His father, Ahmed Unni Moopen, was involved in the freedom struggle during the 1940s.
In 1982, Moopen started his career at the Calicut Medical College, where he served as a medical lecturer for five years before moving to Dubai in 1987. There he started a single doctor practice at his own clinic. He established a chain of healthcare facilities in West Asia with 175 unit hospitals, poly clinics, pharmacies and diagnostic centers in UAE, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia. His firm, Aster DM Healthcare, employs about 10,000 people in the Middle East, and serves more than 7 million patients a year.
Healthcare development in India
He participated in establishing the 600-bed tertiary care Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) hospital at Kozhikode in Kerala in 2001. This was the first multi-specialty hospital in India to receive National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers accreditation in 2007. The second 150-bed MIMS hospital was set up at Kottakkal in Malappuram district in 2009.
MIMS Charitable Trust under his leadership established a rural health centre at the backward Vazhayur Panchayat near Kozhikode in 2008 and adopted 7,000 BPL members for comprehensive free out-patient and in-patient care. The trust is adopting the BPL population in the three wards around MIMS in the Corporation of Kozhikode and also plans to conduct a breast and cervical cancer screening program.
He was the Gulf Area convener of the Malabar Airport Development Action Committee, which spearheaded the efforts for the establishment of Kozhikode International Airport through a public–private partnership initiative in the 1990s. This is the first airport set up with such private participation in the country. He is the founding chairman of the Association of Kerala Medical Graduates and the Association of Indian Muslims in the UAE. He is also one of the promoters of Credence High School, Dubai, a secondary school he co-founded along with others in 2014.
Moopen is vice chairman of the Social Advancement Foundation of India. The organization is in the process of establishing a deemed university on 350 acres in Malabar to provide access to the students from the backward communities to frontier areas of technology, science and management.
Dr. Moopen set up Dr. Moopen's Foundation for uplifting and extending healthcare charitable benefits to the downtrodden in wider geographies. The foundation focuses on healthcare, educational and social philanthropies through "Healing Touch" activities.
He gave 20% of his wealth (about Rs.1 billion) to philanthropic activities for support of social changes.
Naseera & Moopen Foundation, his family trust, is setting up the Human Resource Management Centre in his native village of Kalpakancheri to address the educational backwardness through intervention among school children and by parental counselling and training. The MIMS Academy Trust, under his chairmanship, set up a 32-acre campus at Karad in Malappuram district which has more than 1,100 students in medical and nursing subjects.
Dr. Moopen initiated innovative corporate social responsibility programmes. Some of the ongoing non-profit activities of the foundation are the establishment of stand-alone community dialysis centers, early disease detection and cancer screening centers, radiation oncology centers, free paediatric and adult cardiac surgery programmes, subsidies for advanced surgical treatments for underprivileged people, village adoptions and local empowerment programme for women and children, and various health and safety awareness campaigns, across Gulf countries, India, Africa, Afghanistan and Philippines, either directly and through supporting NGOs. He is also actively involved in setting up educational establishments in Saudi Arabia, India and the UAE in moulding future generations. On 14 July 2015, Aster DM Healthcare, chaired by Moopen, made a donation of US$ 2.72 million to Al Jalila Foundation, a UAE based charitable organization promoting medical education and research.
Awards and recognitions
- Padma Shri Award by the Government of India (2011)
- Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the Government of India (2010)
- Arab Health Award for "Outstanding Contribution of an Individual to the Middle East Healthcare Industry" (2010)
- Best Doctor Award by the Government of Kerala (2009)
- Dubai Service Excellence Award (2004) by the Government of Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the Group
- Kerala Ratna Award by Keraleeyam presented by Shri K G Balakrishnan, Hon. Chief Justice of India, in New Delhi (2008) (Section - Reports 2008-2009)
- Aslam Kshema Award by Kshema Foundation for outstanding effort to help economically deprived people (2009)
- Lifetime Achievement Award by FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards (2018)
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- "50 Richest Indians in the GCC". Arabian Business. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- "Sky is the Limit". Financial Express. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
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- "UAE Minister of Education Opens Credence High School to New Academic year". Retrieved 2018-04-30.
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- "Dr Moopen's Foundation extends its charity works to the Philippines". Future Medicine. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
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- "Aster DM Healthcare donates Dh10m to Al Jalila Foundation". Gulf News. 14 July 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
- "India confers Padma Shri on Dr Moopen". Khaleej Times. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- "Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award" (PDF). The Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- "Global Kerala Initiative – Keraleeyam". Keraleeyam.in. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
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- "10th FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards conferred to 16 healthcare professionals, institutions - Medical Dialogues". Medical Dialogues. 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.