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Board of Directors and Management

Board Directors Profile 


 
Mr. Ismail Waheed
Chairperson
Non-Executive / Independent Director
Mrs. Khulood Rashid AlQattan
  Non-Executive / Independent
Director
Mr. Oliver McFall 
  Non-Executive / Independent
Director
 Mr. Khalid Hussain Taqi
Non-executive Director




 
Mr. Ihab Anwar Hanna Hinnawi
Non-executive / Independent Director
Mr. Imran Ali 
Non-executive / Independent Director
Mr. Ismail Rasheed
Executive Director,
Chief Executive Officer 
& Managing Director
 

 
 

Board of Directors' Biographies

  • Mr. Ismail Waheed (Chairperson, Non-Executive / Independent Director)
    Nationality

    Maldivian


    Appointed by

    Government of Maldives 


    Tenure

    Since November 2018


    Experience and Qualifications

    • Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Dhiraagu from 2004 to 2015 and held key positions including Head of Networks, Marketing and Customer Services. Mr. Ismail was also an Executive Director of the Indian Ocean Region of Cable and Wireless Plc from 2006 to 2008. 
    • Mr. Ismail held various positions in Cable & Wireless Maldives form January 1977 to October 1988, including Earth Station Technician and Engineer Earth Station. 
    • Mr. Ismail previously served in the Government and held the position of Senior Secretary at the Ministry of Education from 1977 to 1978 and as a Senior Protocol Officer from 1975 to 1976 at the Ministry of External Affairs. 
    • Holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Telecommunications Management and System Design from Anglia Polytech University, Chelmsford  (UK)
    • Executive Leadership Diploma at Darden Business School, University of Virginia, USA

    Other Board Representations

    • None

    Committee Membership

    • Chair of Remuneration Nomination & Governance Committee
  • Mrs. Khulood 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

    • Chairperson of Audit Committee.  
  • 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. Khalid Hussain Taqi (Non-executive Director)
    Nationality

    Bahraini


    Appointed by

    Batelco Group


    Tenure

    Since March 2019


    Experience and Qualifications

    • Joined Osool Asset Management in 2013 and currently managing Osool's strategic investments in both listed and non-listed companies.
    • Holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and a Master's degree in Finance from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Completed number of executive training programs in London Business School, NYU Stern and INSEAD.

    Other Board Representations

    • Board Member of Batelco Group (Bahrain), Board member of Gulf Hotels Group, Representative of the Social Insurance Organization (SIO).

    Committee Membership

    None

  • 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 16 years of industry experience in tourism and real estate development.
    • 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.
    • Managing Director of Reethi Rah Resort Pvt Ltd
    • Managing Director of Shuaz Investments 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. 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 2018 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 and over 15 years of strategic management 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 14 years of financial & operational expertise in the telecoms industry.
    • BSc Management Studies, University of Brunel (UK) & Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

  • Mohamed Musad - Director Digital Transformation
    • Appointed Director, Digital Transformation in November 2017.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 1995
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including Director Networks, Manager Mobile Networks and Manager Core Networks and Senior Engineer.
    • Chartered engineer with over 20 years of technical expertise in the telecom sector.
    • Master of Commerce, Information Systems from the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand); MBA, Australian Institute of Business (Australia) and Bachelor of Engineering in Mobile Telecommunications Technology, The University of Hull (UK).

  • Athifa Ali - Director, Corporate Services
    • Appointed Director, Corporate Services in 2016.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 1988.
    • Held key positions in Dhiraagu including Director of International, Legal and Regulatory and Financial Controller.
    • Also served as the Chairperson of the Board of Maldives Pension Administration Office for 6 years.
    • Chartered Management Accountant with over 28 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 22 years of industry experience in cross-functional areas of business and management.
    • Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management from SHATEC College (Singapore).

  • 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 23 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.

  • Rajan Suresh - Director, Human Resources
    • Appointed Director Human Resources in 2019.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 2019
    • Held key positions in the Private Sector Sector including Head of HR (India, ME & Africa) at ISYX Technologies Pvt Ltd, Kochi, India, Senior Human Resource Director at Siddiqi Holdings, HR Operations Manager at Al Tayer Group, HR Manager at Landmark Group, Senior HR Executive at Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.
    • Post Graduate in HR with 25 years of experience in IT, Electronics and Retail Industry verticals.
    • Master’s Degree in Social Work (Human Resource Management) from Loyola College of Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from FMNC, Kerala University.

  • 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 16 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 30 years of experience in the industry.
    • MBA in Information Management, TASMAC, India.




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