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Makarem Sobhi Batterjee

Makarem Sobhi Batterjee


Saudi German Hospitals Group (SGH Group)



Makarem Batterjee is a healthcare leader with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, consulting and investment. He is currently the president of the largest private healthcare organisation in the Middle East, Saudi German Hospitals Group. He’s also the president of Bait Al Batterjee Holding Company, a diversified organisation which ranks among the largest family-owned entities in the kingdom with investment in 25 subsidiaries.

Batterjee is also the founder and CEO of the New City Company, an entity focussing on building edgy shopping centres for Saudi Arabia’s new generation.

He has been responsible for the rejuvenation of the Saudi German Hospitals Group by introducing innovation across all departments, adopting new technologies in healthcare and adding new specialties and VIP centres across the Gulf.

Batterjee is an active social entrepreneur who is dedicated to developing sustainable private healthcare hospitals for all. In addition, Batterjee established Shababco Enterprises, a company dedicated to elevating the lifestyle of millennials in the Middle East by providing them with innovative services and facilities. With this, he has been the key driver in establishing the largest award-winning gym (Gold’s Gym) in Saudi Arabia.

Batterjee is a passionate advocate for empowering women and cites that one of his biggest achievements is building the largest female gym in the world, and the first of its kind in the kingdom. His work with Gold’s Gym has received achievements and widespread acclaim in the US and has plans to expand even further to open 50 branches in the next few years.

Batterjee also founded Humania Capital, an investment platform dedicated to delivering enhanced and much needed health services in the region. In addition to the projects underway, Humania Capital aims to become the most credible healthcare platform in the MENASA region, striving to deliver high-quality healthcare.

Batterjee is the founding president of the Saudi Chapter of the globally recognised Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 13,000 influential business owners with 186 chapters in 58 countries. The Entrepreneurs’ Organisation is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.

Batterjee is also a popular panellist on the Arabic version of the Shark Tank programme; a famous US-based reality TV show which focusses on Saudi entrepreneurs pitching for investment in their businesses, products, or services.

As a result of his vision and unwavering commitment in business and leadership and impact on women empowerment, he was chosen as the youngest member, and one of the only few Arabs, in the prestigious Bretton Woods Committee in Washington, DC. Through this committee, top business leaders from around the world champion global efforts to spur economic growth, alleviate poverty, and improve financial stability. He was also chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos in 2008.

Batterjee holds an MBA from London Business School and an honorary doctorate from United Nations for Arts Middle East and Africa which he received because of his positive impact on empowering women.