Azad Moopen
Born (1953-07-28) 28 July 1953 (age 68)
Alma mater
  • Businessman
  • Doctor
  • Investor
Board member of
  • Aster DM Healthcare (Chairman and Managing Director)
  • NORKA-Roots (Director)[1]
  • National Committee on Healthcare (Chairman)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (3. Chairman)
  • Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC) Dubai (Governing Board Member)[2]
  • Abu Dhabi University (Member, Executive Advisory Board)
  • Social Advancement Foundation of India (SAFI)(Executive Committee Member)
  • All Kerala Medical Graduates Association (AKMG) UAE (Founder President)

Azad Moopen (born 15 April 1953 in Kalpakanchery, Kerala) is an Indian healthcare entrepreneur, physician, and philanthropist. He is the developer of many healthcare facilities in Asia-Pacific. He is also the chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare, a healthcare conglomerate in the Middle East and India founded in 1987.[3] In 2010 and 2011, he was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman and Padma Shri by the Government of India, respectively.[4] Forbes ranked him 6th in the "Top 100 Indian Leaders in UAE" list,[5] and according to Arabian Business named him as 29th in the "50 Richest Indians in the GCC".[6]

Early life and education

Azad Moopen was born on 15 April 1953 in the Indian village Kalpakanchery in Malappuram district of Kerala.[7][8] Son of late MA Moopen, a noble soul, freedom fighter and social leader, Dr. Azad Moopen is a gold medalist in MBBS and a Post Graduate in General Medicine from Calicut Government Medical College in Kerala, and a Diploma holder in Chest Diseases from Delhi University India.


In 1982, Dr. Azad Moopen started his career as a Medical Lecturer at Calicut Medical College but he took a decision of relocating to Dubai in 1987.

From a single doctor clinic in Dubai in 1987, over 34 years, Aster DM Healthcare has grown into a global healthcare conglomerate of more than 377 facilities spread across eight countries[9]

The company is one of the largest integrated healthcare service providers in GCC and India. Along with providing medical care to millions of people across geographies, Aster DM healthcare now provides direct employment to more than 20,500 people which includes approximately 2,998 doctors and the numbers are still growing.[10]

Healthcare development in India

Moopen has been involved in the development of healthcare facilities in India.[11] MIMS hospitals directly employ about 3,000 people.

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 programme.

Other activities

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.[12][13]

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.


A dedicated philanthropist, Dr. Azad Moopen, has embarked on numerous social initiatives through Aster DM Foundation and Dr. Moopen Family Foundation.[14]

He strongly believes that profit is a by-product and not our purpose in healthcare, and his initiatives in the field of healthcare, education, women and social empowerment are providing hope to millions across geographies. He has earmarked 20% of his personal wealth for philanthropic activities enabling social change and helping people in need.[15]

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 centres, early disease detection and cancer screening centres, radiation oncology centres, 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.[16]

Aster Volunteers

As part of the milestone 'Aster @30' campaign marking their 30th anniversary, He announced the launch of the 'Aster Volunteers' programme. The program seeks to bridge the gap between people who would like to help with those in need, across the regions that Aster DM Healthcare operates in through a web portal platform The multi-layered initiative targets communities in the Middle East, Africa and India, and aims to address key challenges that will help make a positive difference in society.[17]

In line with the declaration of 2017 as the Year of Giving by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the 'Aster Volunteers' program reinforces the company's commitment to supporting the communities it serves and recognizes volunteerism as a key pillar of giving.[18]

IPO listing

In February 2018, Aster DM Healthcare announced its initial Public Offer IPO and had fixed a price Rs 180 to Rs 190 for the public offer.[17] Dr. Azad Moopen believes the company will take a decision later to seek listing on other exchanges like London or Dubai.[19]

Awards and recognitions

See also


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