Dr. Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty, popularly known as Raghu Bhai and BR, is a leading international business leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He established the NMC Hospital in Abu Dhabi in 1975, the first of its kind in the country, with branches in Dubai and Sharjah following suit. These hospitals along with National Hospital, New National Medical Centre, Abu Dhabi, the state of the art NMC Specialty Hospitals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and NMC Family Clinic, Dubai treat over one million patients a year.
The success story signaled the spawn of new enterprises, as Dr. Shetty set about his plans for diversification that led to major forays into a bewildering range of businesses spread over distribution in pharmaceuticals, FMCG brands, scientific/medical equipment, foodstuff, financial services, pharmaceutical manufacturing, hospitality, advertising and public relations, gold and diamond jewellery, real estate, information technology, engineering projects and services. Dr. Shetty has now embarked on the path of innovation in Technology in the fields of Nanotechnology, Bio-Technology, Cell Therapy and Tissue Culture.
Dr. Shetty's abiding interest in education has put him at the forefront of the largest community school in the region as its Chairman. Dr. Shetty has also invested in a medical institution in the north Indian state of Uttaranchal and has been appointed to the board of directors of the Haldawni Medical College. Besides heading numerous international groups, he is the Founder and Patron of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association in the Emirates and was President of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council. Dr. Shetty also holds the post of Member of the Advisory Board (Financial Sector), Economic Department, Government of Dubai, UAE and the Pharmaceutical Committee, Dubai.
Awards and accolades have been heaped upon Dr. Shetty in recognition of services and contributions that have benefited organizations, individuals and institutions. These include the Karnataka Rajyothsava Award, the Rainbow Laurel Award instituted by the former Maharaja of Travancore, the Arch of India Gold Award of the NRI Institute in London, the epithet Dharmadarshi from Sri Krishna Mutt, Udupi. He is also the recipient of the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' that was conferred upon him on the occasion of the historic IPCA-FAPA joint Congress held in Mumbai. He was recently awarded the Pravasi Karma Ratna Award, the third Indian to be so honored.
Georgia State University of Atlanta, Georgia, USA has conferred the highest academic degree, the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.); ‘in recognition of his noble service to humanity.’ Dr. B. R. Shetty was also conferred the 'Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the International Medical Integration Council and The Optimal Healthcare Group (India) for his outstanding contribution to the Healthcare Sector.
Further, in recognition of his accomplishments and exemplary acts of devotion, compassion and generosity towards the community and ultimately the development of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Dr. B. R. Shetty was recently honored with the Order of Abu Dhabi. This award has been given in the memory of late Shaikh Zayed under the guidance and auspices of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Dr. B.R. Shetty was also conferred Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on the concluding day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas for 2007 in New Delhi. This award was bestowed in recognition of Dr. Shetty’s outstanding contribution towards the betterment of the large NRI community.