HBI 2024

Abhishek Sharma

Founder CEO

Foundation Holdings

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. 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 Sun Capital.  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.
  • 2023 CEO Today Middle East Awards

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 a 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). Additionally, Abhishek served as 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.

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