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Board of Directors and Management

Board Directors Profile 





Mr. Mohamed Ashmalee  
Chairperson
Non-Executive / Independent 
Mr. AbdulRahman Yusuf Bin Yusuf Fakhro
Deputy Chairperson
Non-Executive / Independent Director
Mrs. Kholood Rashid AlQattan
  Non-Executive / Independent
Director
Mr. Oliver McFall 
  Non-Executive / Independent
Director




Mr. Abdulla Ahmed
Non-Executive / Independent
Director
Mr. Imran Ali
Non-executive / Independent Director
Mr. Ihab Anwar Hanna Hinnawi
Non-executive / Independent Director
Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Didi
Non-executive / Independent Director

Mr. Ismail Rasheed
Executive Director,
Chief Executive Officer 
& Managing Director 

Board of Directors' Biographies

  • Mr. Mohamed Ashmalee (Chairperson)
    Nationality

    Maldivian


    Appointed by

    Government of Maldives


    Tenure

    Since February 2015


    Experience and Qualifications

    • Minister of State for Finance & Treasury, and the Executive Head of the National Bureau of Statistics. Previously held positions of Deputy Minister of Transport & Communications (2013) & Deputy Minister of Finance & Treasury (2014). Also served as the Chairman of the National Tender Board.
    • Holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Warnborough College (UK)

    Other Board Representations

    • None

    Committee Membership

    • Chairperson, RNG Committee
  • Mr. AbdulRahman Yusuf Bin Yusuf Fakhro (Deputy Chairperson/Non-Executive Director )
    Nationality

    Bahraini


    Appointed by

    Batelco Group


    Tenure

    Since March 2014


    Experience and Qualifications

    • Chairman of Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company and Yusif bin Yusif Fakhro Group of Companies in Bahrain. Served on the Boards of various companies in Bahrain including Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company (BSC), BMMI, National Motors, Bahrain Flour Mills and Seef Properties (BSC). Immense experience of over 50 years in business, insurance and investments sector.
    • Studied Commerce from the University of Cairo.

    Other Board Representations

    • Chairman of Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company/Yusif bin Yusif Fakhro BSC/Amlak/Bahrain Marina. Deputy Chairman of Social Insurance Organization (SIO) & Osool Asset Management. Board member of Batelco Group, & Sure Channel Islands and Isle of Man (UK).

    Committee Membership

    • Member, Remuneration, Nomination and Governance Committee
  • Mrs. Kholood Rashid AlQattan (Non-executive Director)
    Nationality

    Bahraini


    Appointed by

    Batelco Group


    Tenure

    Since May 2017


    Experience and Qualifications

    • General Manager of Prime Advisory WLL with over 22 years of banking experience, mainly in the investment field. Started career as a trader in the US & European equities and has experience in capital and money market instruments in the local, regional and international markets as well as portfolio management. Began her banking careering with the Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait where she worked her way to Head of Investment Department before widening her experience with ADDax Investment Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment House and Evolvence Capital.
    • Holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Ayn Shams University (Cairo). And is a speaker in regional and international conferences. 

    Other Board Representations

    • Board member of Batelco Group (Bahrain), Board member of Umniah Telecommunications Company (Jordan), Board member in Sico Fund Services (Bahrain), Board member of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bahrain) and Member of Committee for the Young Women Entrepreneur Award

    Committee Membership

    • None 
  • Mr. Oliver Mcfall (Non-executive Director)
    Nationality

    Danish


    Appointed by

    Batelco Group


    Tenure

    Since May 2017


    Experience and Qualifications

    • Vice President of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Middle east office with over 31 years of experience in international management consulting. Career achievements include 10 years as Vice President in Hamburg and the Middle East with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, 10 years as Senior Partner and member of the Executive Team with AT Kearney and 5 years as Senior Project Manager with McKinsey & Company. Client base has included companies such as Nokia, Axcel, Dantherm Power and Reson across Scandinavia, and Hines, Orange, ABN-AMRO, Bahrain Ministry of Finance, EDB and Alba across North America and the Middle East, which includes major industrial corporations, telecom, energy and metals in Europe, Middle East and North America.
    • Holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from IMD Business School (Switzerland) and a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (Denmark). 

    Other Board Representations

    • Board Member of Batelco Group (Bahrain), Board member of Sure Group Telecommunication Company (UK), Board member of Ballard Europe (Denmark) Executive Director of Blue Ocean/HSV (Switzerland), Board member of Ringford Holding (Switzerland). 

    Committee Membership

    None

  • Mr. Abdulla Ahmed (Non-executive Director)
    Nationality

    Maldivian


    Appointed by

    Government of Maldives


    Tenure

    Since January 2014


    Experience and Qualifications

    • Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (Mifco) since December 2014. Served as Director Finance & Procurement in Koodoo Fisheries Maldives Ltd, held various managerial positions in Mifco, lastly serving as the Chief Financial Officer.
    • Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, UK. ACCA fellow since 2011.

    Other Board Representations

    • Director, Mifco, and Marine Maldives Products Pvt Ltd. (a JVC of Mifco)

    Committee Membership

    • Member, Audit Committee
  • Mr. Imran Ali (Non-Executive Director )
    Nationality

    Maldivian


    Appointed by

    Public Shareholders - Non-Executive & Independent


    Tenure

    Since May 2014


    Experience and Qualifications

    • Chief Executive Officer of Dhonkeyo Group with over 12 years of industry experience in tourism and real estate development. Served the Board of Reethi Rah Resort, and former shareholder and Director of Mahogany Pvt Ltd.
    • Holds an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University College London, UK

    Other Board Representations

    • Chairman of Dhonkeyo Group of Companies. Director of Blue Dot Pvt Ltd

    Committee Membership

    • Member, Audit Committee, Member Remuneration, Nomination and Governance Committee
  • Mr. Ihab Anwar Hanna Hinnawi (Non-Executive Director )
    Nationality

    Jordanian


    Appointed by

    Batelco Group


    Tenure

    Re appointed on 31st July 2016


    Experience and Qualifications

    • Over 25 years of extensive managerial and operational experience to lead industry pioneering operations. Helped establish Umniah in 2004, as a key member of its initial management team, and continue do work at Umniah as its Operations Director until 2007. His repertoire of key expertise portfolio includes increasing revenue, effecting management change, developing new businesses, managing high stake negotiations, strategic planning, developing key partnerships, building corporate and marketing strategy, effecting risk management, and leading organizational restructuring. Batelco Group CEO - March 2015 to current date. Chief Executive Officer of Umniah, Jordan - April 2009 to Feb 2015. GM, Enterprise Division, Batelco Bahrain – Jan 2009 – Mar 2009. GM, Special Projects, Batelco Bahrain – July 2008 to Dec 2008. Chief Executive Officer of Batelco, Jordan - April 2007 to June 2008
    • Holds a BA in Business Administration

    Other Board Representations

    • Vice Chairman - Samena Telecommunications Council. Board Member – Dhiraagu (June 2013 – Dec 2015 & Reappointed on 31 July 2016). Board member - CWC South Atlantic Limited (South Atlantic & Diego Garcia). Board Member – Etihad Atheeb Telecom Company. Board Member – Umniah. Board Member - Batelco-Jordan.

    Committee Membership

    • None
  • Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Didi (Non-Executive Director)
    Nationality

    Maldivian


    Tenure

    Appointed on 2nd November 2016


    Experience

    HR & finance specialist with over 16 years of industry and public sector experience.


    Work Experience

    • Managing Director, Bold Point Pvt Ltd (from Nov 2016)
    • Director Human Resources, Dhiraagu PLC May 2010 to Aug 2016
    • Manager Billing & Credit Control, Dhiraagu Plc, March 2009 to May 2010
    • Deputy Director, Secretariat of the Former President Nov 2008 to Feb 2009
    • Served in The Presidential Palace from 1997 to Nov 2008 in various capacities, lastly serving as the Deputy Director (Head of Human Resources & Finance).
    • Lecturer and Training consultant in Management, Human Resources and Finance disciplines for over 15 years with various institutions including MAPS College, Clique College, Maldives National University (former Faculty of Management and Computing), Villa College and Focus Education Centre.

    Qualifications

    • Holds an MBA from Maquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia)
    • Holds a Bachelor of Business & Commerce (specializing in Accounting and Finance), Monash University (Australia)
    • Chartered member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (UK)

    Other Board Representations & Appointments

    • Managing Director, Bold Point Pvt Ltd
    • Director, Prime Care Investment Pvt Ltd
    • Director, Bixbite Investments Pvt Ltd

    Committee Membership

    None

  • Mr. Ismail Rasheed (Executive Director)
    Nationality

    Maldivian


    Appointed by

    Batelco Group


    Tenure

    Since September 2015


    Experience and Qualifications

    • CEO & MD of Dhiraagu since September 2015. Previously served as Chief Executive of Dhiraagu for 8 years, and held key positions including Director of Networks (2000-2007), Manager Networks Planning and Projects (1999-2000). Over 30 years of extensive telecoms experience.
    • Holds an MBA from University of Reading (UK), BEng (Hons) in Telecommunications Systems Management & Design - Anglia Polytechnic University (UK), member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (UK).

    Other Board Representations

    None


    Committee Membership

    None


Click here to download Corporate Governance Report 2014 which details the board composition and responsibilities

Executive Management


  • Ismail Rasheed - Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
    • Appointed CEO & MD in 2015.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 1988.
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including Chief Executive, Director Networks and Manager Networks Planning and Projects.
    • Experienced Chartered Engineer and manager with over 30 years of telecoms experience.
    • MBA, University of Reading (UK); BEng (Hons) Telecommunications Systems Management & Design, Anglia Polytechnic University (UK) & Member of Institute of Engineering & Technology (UK).


  • Robin Wall - Chief Financial Officer
    • Appointed CFO in 2015.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 2011.
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including, Acting CFO, Financial Controller & Assistant Financial Controller. Also served as Financial Controller of Monaco & Islands region, CWC Group.
    • Chartered Management Accountant with 11 years of financial & operational expertise in the telecoms industry.
    • BSc Management Studies, University of Brunel (UK) & Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

  • Isabelle Hajri - Chief Marketing Officer
    • Appointed Chief Marketing Officer in 2016.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 2016.
    • Held positions in commercial functions as well as strategy, project management, corporate & financial planning.
    • Broad international exposure, having worked for diverse telecoms groups in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, North and Central America. Track record includes launching new operations, turning around underperforming companies and introducing innovative customer propositions.
    • Marketing expert with over 20 years Telecoms industry experience.
    • MSc International Management, Montreal University (Canada).

  • Athifa Ali - Director, Corporate Services
    • Appointed Director, International, Legal and Regulatory in 2003
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 1988.
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including Financial Controller.
    • Also the Chairperson of the Board of Maldives Pension Administration Office.
    • Chartered Management Accountant with over 26 years of telecoms and finance experience.
    • MBA, University of Bradford (UK) & Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

  • Ali Riyaz - Director, Customer Services & Sales
    • Appointed as Director, Customer Services and Sales in 2004.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 1999.
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including Head of Administration and Human Resources (Dhiraagu). Also served as Group Sales & Marketing Manager at Universal Enterprises Pvt Ltd and Manager Human Resources at Maldives Inflight Catering.
    • Widespread knowledge with over 20 years of industry experience in cross-functional areas of business and management.
    • Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management from SHATEC College (Singapore).

  • Ahmed Maumoon - Director, Business Development
    • Appointed Director, Marketing in 2009.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 1990.
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including Manager Marketing Division, Manager Mobile Networks and Manager of Transmission and Earth Station.
    • Qualified Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications sector.
    • BSC Engineering Telecommunications Systems, Coventry University (UK).

  • Musthag Ahmed Didi - Director, Customer Solutions
    • Appointed Director, Customer Solutions in 2009.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 1994.
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including Manager Data & IP solutions and Manager Information Systems.
    • IT specialist with more than 21 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
    • BSc Microelectronics & Computing, University College of Wales (UK).

  • Mohamed Hazmath Abdulla - Director, Procurement and Property Management
    • Appointed as Director, Property, Procurement and Administration in 2004.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 2004.
    • Held key positions in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury from 1995-2004 including Assistant Director of the Department of Inland Revenue.
    • Over 20 years operational & managerial experience in both public and private sector.
    • Masters in Economics (Public Policy & Taxation) from Yokohama National University (Japan) and a Bachelor in Business Administration, Hawaii Pacific University.

  • Ajwad Ali - Director, Human Resources
    • Appointed Director Human Resources in 2016
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 2016
    • Held key positions in the Public Sector including Director Corporate Affairs at Maldives Pension Administration Office, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Human Resources, Youth and Sports, Director General at Ministry of Higher Education, Employment and Social Security.
    • Human Resource Planning and Development Specialist with over 17 years of experience in Human Resource Management field.
    • Masters in Human Resource Planning and Development from GGS Indraprastha University (India, New Delhi) and Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from Curtin University of Technology (Australia, Perth). Professional member of the Society for Human Resource Management (USA).

  • Abdulla Firag - Director, Networks
    • Appointed Director Networks in 2016
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 2012
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including Manager Access Engineering and Manager Network Quality Assurance. Also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Canterbury (New Zealand) Project coordinator at Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology (Maldives), and as an Engineer at the Maldives Airports Company.
    • Qualified engineer and researcher with over 12 years of experience in telecommunications, electrical and energy sector.
    • Ph.D. and Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Adelaide (Australia). IEEE member since 2006.

  • Mohamed Abdul Gadir - Director, Information Systems
    • Appointed Director, Information Systems in June 2017.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 1988.
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including Manager IT Projects, Manager Information Systems and managed significant projects impacting a broad spectrum of services.
    • Extensive knowledge and experience managing multiple departments across the company including, Transmission, Switching, Internet & IP Solutions with over 28 years of experience in the industry.
    • MBA in Information Management, TASMAC, India.




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