- Founder & CEO of Foundation Holdings - UAE
About Abhishek Sharma
Abhishek Sharma serves as the Founder Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Foundation Holdings, a strategic, global investment firm focused on building sustainable, industry defining companies in the impactful healthcare and education sectors across India and the GCC. Foundation Holdings employs a long-term partnership and engagement approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) measures to drive value and measurable impact over time.
In 5 years, Foundation Holdings has invested ~USD 200 million to spearhead 10 acquisitions creating eight industry-defining portfolio companies that are focused on positive social benefit impact locally and regionally. Together these portfolio companies have strengthened human capital by employing over 12,000 people and have touched the lives of 13.5 million people while generating over USD 200 million in revenue through enabling greater access to affordable, quality healthcare and education.
Abhishek has over 20 years of investment experience including as a Founder member of Amanat Holdings PJSC (largest GCC healthcare and education listed SPAC), Bank of America, Lehman Brothers, Ithmar Capital and SunCapital. He has an established track record of sustainable investment returns having led the IPOs of Al Noor Hospitals and Amanat Holdings, garnering subscriptions of USD 800mn and USD3.8bn respectively.
Awards and Accolades:
• ‘Emerging Indian CEO in the UAE’ at the 2017 UAE-India Economic Forum Awards and as the ‘Emerging Indian CEO for Private Equity and Investments’ in 2018.
• Forbes Middle East 2018 list of the “Top 100 Indian Business Owners in the Arab World” list.
• 2020 Economic Times Promising Entrepreneurs of India.
• Abhishek was instrumental in the formation of Right Health, the largest primary healthcare platform in the UAE with over 60 healthcare facilities impacting over 1 million lives each year at the base of the pyramid.
Board of Director Memberships:
Abhishek serves as a Board of Director of numerous companies across the GCC and India including Foundation Holdings, Ryan EduNation, ProMedEx and Shifa Al Munthaza Polyclinic Group as well as Board Observer of AlTibbi Ltd.
Abhishek is also a member of the Healthcare Digital Task Force with Global Ventures (a UAE-based venture capital firm, investing in founders and ideas scaling across emerging markets). Additionally, Abhishek is also a member of the Healthcare and Education Steering Committee for the non-profit Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC) and a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).
Abhishek set up the Atharv Foundation in India after his son, the Foundation is dedicated to providing education to children in need. He is also a donor and volunteers with Dubai Cares, The Clinton Foundation & Bloomberg Foundation.
Foundation Holdings is a private investment firm focused on the critical
and impactful healthcare and education sectors with the vision to build sustainable, industry defining healthcare and education companies.
The firm’s mission is to transform businesses into global champions by enhancing their service quality, growth trajectory and brand equity whilst evolving these businesses to the next level of transformational growth
via an IPO. The firm seeks to advance the interests of all stakeholders in
the healthcare and education ecosystems with excellence.
“We believe that the fast growing and resilient healthcare and education are cornerstone sectors in contributing to and serving society’s individual and
institutional needs. We will drive our company to a leadership position in
Mr Murtadha Sultan – Chairman, Foundation Holdings
“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial
performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Foundation Holdings invests in extraordinary businesses in healthcare and education, partnering with their leaders to achieve leaps of growth, profitability and impact. We are inspired by the overarching goal of Profit with Purpose.”
Mr Abhishek Sharma – Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Holdings