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. AHMED MOHAMED DIDI

MR. AHMED MOHAMED DIDI

Non-executive / Independent Director
MR. FAISAL QAMHIYAH

Mr. Faisal Qamhiyah

Non-executive / Independent Director
MR. MIKKEL VINTER

Mr. Mikkel Vinter

Non-executive / Independent Director
Mr. Faisal AlJalahma

Mr. Faisal AlJalahma

Non-executive Director
MR. ABDULLA ABDUL RAHEEM

MR. ABDULLA ABDUL RAHEEM

Non-Executive / Independent 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
Bahraini

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
Danish

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
Member Remuneration, Nomination and Governance Committee

MR. FAISAL ALJALAHMA

Non-executive Director
Nationality
Bahraini

Appointed by

Batelco Group

Tenure

Appointed on 1 March 2022

Experience and Qualifications

  • Faisal Al-Jalahma is part of Batelco management team with 17 years of experience in the Telecom space holding the position of Chief Human Resources Officer at Batelco. He began his career with Batelco in 2005 where he gained wide experience and knowledge of all aspects. Having worked at Batelco prior to and following the introduction of competition and being involved in major projects related to key operational changes, greatly broadened Faisal’s skills.
  • In 2012, Faisal moved to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) where he held various roles including Director of Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources. The role included transformational projects to digitalise and automate systems at the TRA. Faisal was also a key player and a member of the Steering Committee for the 4th National Telecommunications Plan (NTP4).
  • He holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, UK and several executive qualifications from Harvard Business School and Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Other Board Representations
  • Sabafon Telecommunication Company (Yemen)
  • Batelco International Company (Bahrain)
  • B Secure W.L.L (Bahrain)
Committee Membership
None


MR. AHMED MOHAMED DIDI

Non-executive / Independent Director
Nationality
Maldivian

Appointed by

Public Shareholders - Non-Executive & Independent

Tenure
Since 24 March 2022

Experience and Qualifications

  • Chief Executive Officer and Director of Prime Care Investment Pvt Ltd since 2015.
    Managing Director of Metropolitan Properties Pvt Ltd since 2018.
  • Advisory Board Member of Maldives Association of HR Professionals since 2018.
  • Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Bold Point Pvt Ltd.
  • A Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, UK.
  • Over 20 years of experience in leadership and management.
  • Holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Sydney, Australia
  • Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Accounting & Finance), Monash University, Australia.

Other Board Representations

  • Director & CEO - Prime Care Investment Pvt Ltd.
  • Managing Director - Metropolitan Properties Pvt Ltd.
  • Advisory Board Member - Maldives Association of HR Professionals.
  • Managing Director – Bold Point Pvt Ltd

Committee Membership
Member Remuneration, Nomination and Governance Committee and the Audit 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.

MR. ABDULLA ABDUL RAHEEM

Non-Executive / Independent Director
Nationality
Maldivian

Appointed by

Government of Maldives

Tenure

Since 2 August 2022

Experience and Qualifications

  • Head of Finance and Business Development of Univiya Holdings Pvt Ltd since 2019.
  • Chief Operations Officer of Silver X from 2014 to 2019.
  • Member of the Parliament – People’s Majilis of the Maldives from 2014 to 2019.
  • Managing Director – Front Runners Pvt Ltd from 2007 to 2011.
  • Specialized in business management and experience in audit & review of financial statements.
  • Over 18 years of experience in the areas of business and politics.
  • Holds a PGD in Finance and Accounting, University of West England.
  • Holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting with Business Information Systems, Middlesex University.

Other Board Representations
None.

Committee Membership
Member Audit Committee

Board Committees

The Board of Directors of Dhiraagu Plc has two standing committees; the Audit Committee and the Remuneration, Nomination and Governance Committee. Both committees operate in accordance with approved terms of reference.

Audit Committee

Composition & Membership

In compliance with the Corporate Governance Code (CG Code) of Capital Market Development Authority (CMDA) of Maldives and Dhiraagu Corporate Governance Code, the Audit Committee of the Board is composed of 3 members. The members of the committee are all Non-Executive and Independent Directors.

Terms of Reference

The Committee is responsible for monitoring and advising the Board on matters relating to financial reporting, risk management, compliance, external audit, internal control, internal audit and matters that may significantly impact the financial condition or affairs of our business.
 
Members of the Committee
The following members represent the Audit Committee
MR. AHMED ABDULRAHMAN

Mr. Ahmed Abdulrahman

Audit Committee Chairperson
Non-executive / Independent Director
MR. AHMED ABDULRAHMAN

MR. AHMED MOHAMED DIDI

Audit Committee Member

Non-executive / Independent Director

MR. ABDULLA ABDUL RAHEEM

MR. ABDULLA ABDUL RAHEEM

Audit Committee Member

Non-executive / Independent Director

Remuneration, Nomination and Governance Committee

Composition & Membership

The Remuneration, Nomination and Governance (RNG) Committee of the Board is composed of 3 members, who are non-executive and independent Directors. The RNG Committee was reconstituted in August 2013 to combine the functions of remuneration, nomination and governance. This is to facilitate effective and efficient discharge of duties as most members were in both Remuneration, Nomination Committee and the Governance Committee.

Terms of Reference

The main responsibility of the RNG Committee is to assist the Board if formulating remuneration policies, framework for nominating the public Director and monitoring the performance of our corporate governance framework and compliance with relevant regulations. 
 
Members of the Committee
The following members represent the RNG Committee
MR. ISMAIL WAHEED

Mr. Ismail Waheed

RNG  Committee Chairperson
Non-Executive / Independent Director
MR. MIKKEL VINTER

Mr. Mikkel Vinter

RNG Committee Member
Non-executive / Independent Director
MR. AHMED MOHAMED DIDI

MR. AHMED MOHAMED DIDI

RNG Committee Member
Non-executive / Independent Director
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