Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President – Healthcare Division and board member of the Dubai-based international conglomerate Thumbay Group, has been inducted into the Alumni Wall of Fame of the American University of Sharjah (AUS), in recognition of his merit and professional accomplishments. The formal announcement was made at the at the University’s 10th Annual Alumni Reunion Dinner on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the AUS campus.
The event, graced by the presence of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Sharjah and President of AUS, saw the participation of more than 2,000 AUS alumni from all over the world. It is the event’s annual tradition to recognize those alumni who made a difference during their time at AUS as well as those who have achieved great success in their careers, by adding them to the Alumni Wall of Fame. The honorees are chosen from a pool of candidates nominated by their fellow alumni.
Born on 18th March 1984 to Mr. Thumbay Moideen, a third generation business entrepreneur and Mrs. Zohra Moideen, a renowned artist in Mangalore, India, Akbar Moideen Thumbay completed his secondary education from the elite Indian academic institution, The Lawrence School, Lovedale, Ooty. After moving to the U.A.E. at the age of 15, he continued his studies with the International School of Choueifat in the UAE, and completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from American University of Sharjah (AUS). He later went on to continue his postgraduate studies in Hospital Management from the renowned SDA Boccioni School of Management, Milan, Italy.
After completing his studies and spending the first few months with a New York based company, Akbar joined Thumbay Group, the multinational business conglomerate founded by his father Thumbay Moideen, on a full-time basis. He demonstrated extraordinary business acumen and initiative from the word go. His vision, enthusiasm and confidence brought him greater responsibilities, and he was elevated to the position of the Vice-President of Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division, on 1 November 2015.
Akbar looks after operations of all Thumbay Hospitals in Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai and Hyderabad (India), as well as the networks of Thumbay Clinics, and Thumbay Labs throughout the UAE and in India. Under the banner of the Retail Division, he initiated Nutri Plus Vita, a series of health nutrition and wellness store, in addition to the pre-existing branches of Zo & Mo Opticals and Thumbay Pharmacy located across the UAE. He is also credited of being the brain behind the Thumbay Marketing and Distribution Company (TMDC). One of Akbar’s key initiatives has been to promote Thumbay Hospitals in the medical tourism segment in an aggressive manner. The hospital’s world-class healthcare services and excellent facilities have brought in patients from as far as Africa and Southern Europe, seeking treatments from executive check-ups to complicated surgeries.
Akbar was honored with the ‘Champion of Change’ Award at the 7th Annual MENA HR Excellence Awards 2015 in recognition of his leadership, strategic thinking and key management decisions that benefited the organization. He was also featured in the twenty five young Business Leaders in UAE, profiled in a coffee table book GEN NEXT INDIANS. He also received the award for Thumbay Hospital being featured as the Best Medical Tourism Hospital in the Middle-East by The New Economy, a leading newspaper in the UK, in 2013. He has delivered talks at various conferences and seminars held in the Middle-East and Europe, which includes the “International Medical Travel Exhibition and Conference” held in Oman in April 2013, “Borderlines in Healthcare” event in May 2014 in Austria, Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government for the Leadership & Entrepreneurship Series 2016 and the AUS Enterprising Youth Forum at the American University of Sharjah in April 2016.
About Thumbay Group
Founded by Mr. Thumbay Moideen in 1998, Thumbay Group today operates more than 20 brands across 18 different verticals including Education, Healthcare, Medical Research, Diagnostics, Retail Pharmacy, Health Communications, Retail Opticals, Wellness, Nutrition Stores, Hospitality, Real Estate, Publishing, Technology, Media, Events, Medical Tourism, Trading and Marketing & Distribution. With its network of hospitals and medical centers in Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah and Hyderabad (India), the Thumbay chain of hospitals is one of the largest health care providers in the region. All hospitals and clinics under the group are affiliated to the Gulf Medical University, Ajman. Thumbay Group’s core activities are in education, healthcare and research.
Headquartered in Dubai, the group presently employs around 5000 people, which is projected to increase to around 20,000 by the year 2022, with the completion of ongoing and upcoming projects. Currently, Thumbay Group is focusing on its strategic long-term plans which will see the group scale its businesses almost ten times and expand its operations globally.