Board of Directors
MR. ISMAIL WAHEED

Mr. Ismail Waheed

Chairperson
Non-Executive / Independent Director
MR. AHMED ABDULRAHMAN

Mr. Ahmed Abdulrahman

Deputy Chairperson
Non-executive / Independent Director
MR. ISMAIL RASHEED

Mr. Ismail Rasheed

Executive Director,
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
MR. IMRAN ALI

Mr. Imran Ali

Non-executive / Independent Director
MR. FAISAL QAMHIYAH

Mr. Faisal Qamhiyah

Non-executive / Independent Director
MR. MIKKEL VINTER

Mr. Mikkel Vinter

Non-executive / Independent Director
UZA. MARYAM MANAL SHIHAB

Uza. Maryam Manal Shihab

Non-executive / Independent Director
Mr. Isa AlSabea

Mr. Isa AlSabea

Non-executive Director

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 from 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

Mr. Ismail RASHEED

Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer & Managing 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

MR. AHMED ABDULRAHMAN

Non-executive / Independent Director
Nationality
Bahrainian

Appointed by
Batelco Group

Tenure
Appointed on 4 May 2020

Experience and Qualifications
  • Over 18 years of experience in Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, gained from working with leading financial institutions in Bahrain & UK. He has served on the board of over 40 companies globally, including Bahrain Financing Company (“BFC”), and has held a number of board positions which include chairmanships to the board and chairmanships of Investment committees.
  • He is currently the Founder & Managing Partner of Clan Partners Advisory, a Bahrain based boutique advisory firm; and serves as an independent board member of Native Land Investment in the UK, and as a Director at Beacon Capital Management.
  • Prior to founding Clan Partners, he has served as the CEO and Managing Director of Beacon Capital Management. Head of Private Equity for GCC, Levant and Turkey at Bank Al Khair (formerly known as Unicorn Investment Bank). Prior to joining Bank Al Khair, he was a Relationship Manager at Ahli United Bank – Offshore Unit and was also a Relationship Manager at Kuwait Finance House - Bahrain in the Corporate Finance and Venture Capital department. Mr. Ahmed started his career at BDO Jawad Habib as an analyst in the Financial Advisory Services unit.
  • Holds a Bachelor's Degree (Hons) in Business Systems & Information Technology.

Other Board Representations
None

Committee Membership
Chair of Audit Committee

MR. MIKKEL VINTER

Non-executive / Independent Director
Nationality
Dannish

Appointed by

Batelco Group

Tenure
Appointed on 4 May 2020

Experience and Qualifications
  • Chief Executive Officer of Batelco since May 2019. With almost 20 years of experience in the telecommunication industry holding executive roles, he brings a proven track record with a wealth of knowledge and experience to Batelco. He has a broad international background with experience from telecom operators in the Middle East, Asia & Europe, including several Greenfield mobile start-up operations. Among his previous roles, he founded Virgin Mobile, Middle East & Africa in 2006 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2016.
  • Prior to setting up Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, Mikkel served as Chief Commercial Officer for Nawras in Oman leading all the commercial activities from before the launch until Nawras was successfully established with a 20%-plus market share. His previous roles also include senior positions with TDC in Denmark and Singtel in Singapore.
  • Holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration and has completed a Marketing and Management Programme with McGill University and INSEAD.

Other Board Representations
None

Committee Membership
None

Mr. Isa AlSabea

Non-executive Director
Nationality
Bahrainian

Appointed by

Batelco Group

Tenure

Appointed on 1 Jan 2021

Experience and Qualifications

  • Isa serves as director of mergers and acquisitions at Batelco, since joining in September 2020.
  • He has extensive corporate finance and M&A expertise with the benefit of over a decade experience in investment banking and private equity. Prior to joining Batelco, Isa worked for UBS Investment Bank where he held various roles in London and Dubai, most recently serving as a Director of Corporate Client Solutions in MENA. In this role, he advised corporates and financial investors (including private equity and sovereign wealth funds) on M&A and capital markets transactions. Isa started his career as a private equity analyst at Arcapita.
  • Isa holds a MSc (Distinction) in Economics from the London School of Economics and BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, the University of Oxford.

Other Board Representations
None
Committee Membership
None

MR. IMRAN ALI

Non-executive / Independent 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. FAISAL QAMHIYAH

Non-executive / Independent Director
Nationality
Jordanian

Appointed by

Batelco Group

Tenure
Appointed on 4 May 2020

Experience and Qualifications
  • Chief Financial Officer of Batelco since May 2019 and served as CFO for the Group since 2013. Prior to Batelco, Faisal held the role of CFO at Umniah, Batelco’s sister operation in Jordan. His wealth of experience includes unique mixes of commercial and financial hands-on proven experience coupled with a passion for the telecom industry. He also represents Batelco as a Board Member for some of its international operations in addition to the responsibility of financial consolidation, treasury, Business Planning and strategic support for the international business.
  • Holds a BA in Economics & Accounting from Yarmouk University Jordan and passed the AICPA exams from Delaware USA in 1999.
  • Completed the Executive Development Programme (EDP) at Kellogg School of Management, Chicago USA.

Other Board Representations
None

Committee Membership
Co-founder and Board of Directors' member of Jordan Association of Management.

UZA. MARYAM MANAL SHIHAB

Non-executive / Independent Director
Nationality
Maldivian

Appointed by

Government of Maldives

Tenure

Appointed on 13 July 2020

Experience and Qualifications

  • After completing her studies in 2010, Manal briefly worked for an insurance litigation firm, HBM Lawyers, in Australia before returning to the Maldives in September 2010, where she joined the Ministry of Economic Development as the Legal Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development and concurrently served on the Privatization Board of the President’s Office.
  • Manal subsequently worked at Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun PLC in the roles of Company Secretary and Manager Investor Relations from July 2012 until she joined Suood & Anwar LLP in September 2013. She was appointed as a partner at the firm in early 2015 and she worked there until the end of 2017.
  • In early 2018, Manal established her own practice, Salih, Shihab & Co., a law firm specializing in corporate and commercial practice.
  • Manal is also the author of the first comprehensive text on employment law in the Maldives, titled ‘Maldives Employment Law – With Emphasis on Private Sector Employment’ published in 2017.
  • Manal graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia, with an LLB (Hons.), in 2009, and attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 2010.
  • She is a registered solicitor at the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia and a registered attorney in the Maldives.

Other Board Representations

  • Managing Director, Bageechaa R.E Private Limited
  • Director, Maldives Law Institute

Committee Membership
None.
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