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Board of Directors and Management

Board Directors Profile 



 
Mr. Ismail Waheed
Chairperson
Non-Executive / Independent Director
Mr. Ismail Rasheed 
Executive Director,
Chief Executive Officer 
& Managing Director
Mr. Ahmed Abdulrahman
Non-executive / Independent Director
Mr. Mikkel Vinter
Non-executive / Independent Director




 
Mr. Ihab Anwar Hanna Hinnawi
Non-executive / Independent Director
Mr. Imran Ali 
Non-executive / Independent Director
Mr. Faisal Qamhiyah
Non-executive / Independent Director
 Uza. Maryam Manal Shihab
Non-executive / Independent 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 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. 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

  • Mr. Ahmed Abdulrahman (Non-Executive 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 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. Faisal Qamhiyah (Non-Executive 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 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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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 16 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 15 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 21 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.
    • Chairperson of the Board of Maldives Pensions Administrations Office having been appointed for a third term in June 2019.
    • 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 23 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 24 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 21 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 17 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.

  • Mahmoud Dasser - Chief Marketing Officer
    • Appointed Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in 2019.
    • Joined Dhiraagu in 2019.
    • Held key positions including the Chief Marketing & Partnerships Officer of TM ONE, the B2B division of Telekom Malaysia and Vice President, Partnership and Alliances division at Mobily in Saudi Arabia.
    • A 16 year Cisco veteran, who has taken a wide variety of international leadership roles in both developed and developing countries including leadership roles in Swisscom.
    • Master’s Degree in Social Work (Human Resource Management) from Loyola College of Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from FMNC, Kerala University.
    • Business leader with over 25 years of experience in developing new markets, creating winning marketing strategies for High-Tech and the Telecom Industry.
    • Engineering Degree in Telecommunications from Telecom Paris, an Engineering and Management School in France.




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