Dr Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty, one of the leading business icons in the Middle East, is the founder of Finablr. Dr Shetty is a self-made entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience building and scaling businesses across diverse sectors including healthcare, financial services, pharmaceuticals, education, FMCG and hospitality.
As a passionate advocate of decreasing inequality, in 2018, Dr Shetty signed “The Giving Pledge”, a global initiative seeking to inspire individuals to donate half their wealth to philanthropic endeavors. Dr. Shetty’s commitment to building communities and supporting local businesses has earned him the “Order of Abu Dhabi”, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Government of Abu Dhabi. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award, one of the highest civilian honors awarded by the Government of India for his outstanding achievements and contributions to business and trade.
Additionally, the previous President of India, the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam granted him the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award for his outstanding contributions towards the Non-Resident Indians. Dr Shetty was also presented with a Doctorate by Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA and an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University Dubai.
Dr. Shetty is a member of the International Advisory Board of Boston University in the United States and was listed within the top 2 Indian Businessmen in the Arab world in 2018.