Board of Directors

Ibrahim Thayyib- Chairperson

Ibrahim Thayyib is a human rights practitioner with more than nine years of experience in the civil society sector in the Maldives. His primary focus areas include good governance, gender equality, and political violence. He has also worked in the government for over 10 years, with the last portfolio held being the Chief Executive Officer at the Family Protection Authority. Now he is perusing a Higher Degree by Research at the University of Sydney, Australia, focusing on the gendered nature of political violence.

Thayyib holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Sydney, Australia.

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Executive Director: Ms. Asiath Rilweena

Rilweena joined TM in May 2020 as the Executive Director. She brings over 15 years of senior management experience within the public and private sector. Her current priority is to strengthen the institutional capacity and internal governance framework of TM, and led the recent revision of TM’s Articles of Association. Prior to joining TM, Rilweena worked as the Company Secretary & Manager Investor Relations of Dhiraagu PLC where she established international corporate governance best practices and supported the company’s transition as a listed company. She served as the Financial Advisor in the Ministry of Economic Development supervising the Foreign Direct Investment Department and managed the public private partnership projects of the Ministry. She has managed two national level projects in the area of youth training and employment (as Project Manager in the Ministry of Higher Education and Employment) and on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (as the National Programme Officer in UNDP Maldives). 

Rilweena holds a BSc in Accounting and Finance (The University of Birmingham, UK), an MCom in Finance (The University of Western Australia, Australia) and an MSC in International Business and Emerging Markets (The University of Edinburgh, UK). 

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Financial Controller: Ms. Fathimath Razeena

As a dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability, Ms Razeena brings a strong academic background and extensive professional experience to the board of Transparency Maldives.

Armed with a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, she is engaged in research on decentralised governments and their finance in Maldives local governments, aligning her academic pursuits with real-world impact dedicated to Maldives.

Her proven track record in the public sector accounting office and as an experienced accountant general, coupled with leadership roles in SOE’s boards and the SAARC Development Fund, demonstrates her commitment to fostering integrity and ethical practices.

Eager to contribute her expertise in financial management and governance, she is ready to support Transparency Maldives in its mission to combat corruption for a more accountable society.

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General Board Member: Mr. Ahmed Najaaf Saleem

Ahmed Najaaf Saleem has worked in Maldives and Australia in the non-profit and commercial sectors; and has 12 years of experience in advocacy, digital transformation and project management. He currently leads the projects and development business unit for a Melbourne-based digital agency that works with a number of not-for-profit and political advocacy clients, including political parties in Australia.

Najaaf holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Queensland, and a Master’s degree in Human Rights & Democratisation from the University of Sydney. His Master’s thesis is dedicated to an in-depth examination of transitional justice models implemented in post-conflict states. His research interests and expertise lie in the areas of the Refugee Convention and asylum laws.

Najaaf has previously worked for the Maldives government in various roles at the President’s Office, under three administrations. He has also briefly worked at Transparency Maldives in civic education and election monitoring projects.

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General Board Member: Ms. Shurufa Abdul Wahidh

With expertise in the areas of public finance and resource mobilization, Shurufa Abdul Wahidh currently works as the Programme Specialist for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Prior to her current position, she has worked for the Ministry of Finance (2010 – 2020) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005 – 2007) in Maldives, and has consulted for the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in the public finance sector. She has also worked at Transparency Maldives as a Fiscal Transparency Specialist (2021-2022).

She holds a Master’s Degree in Macroeconomic Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan.

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Shifaza Wajeeh (General Board Member)

Shifaza has  been working at National Social Protection Agency since its inception in 2008. Currently , she works as the Director General and Head of Civil Servants at NSPA. ​

Prior to NSPA, Shifaza worked at Social Security Section under different ministries, and participated at different levels in the development of Social Health Insurance Scheme, Social Cash Transfer Programs, Social Protection Act, Reform of Retirement and Old Age Basic Pension Schemes and the Disability Act. She have also served as a board member in the National Social Health Insurance Scheme Board from 2015 to 2017, Waste Management Board from 2016 to 2017 and as an Exco Member (Commissioner for Projects) at Maldives Girl Guides Association.

Currently Shifaza serves on the Maldives Pension Administration Office as a Board member representing the Social Security Sector. She has a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from The University of Sydney, Australia and Bachelor of Economic (Hons) from Help University, Malaysia.

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Sultana Shakir (General Board Member)​

Sultana Shakir started her career as a junior officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives. After serving in various ranks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she joined the Elections Commissions of the Maldives, where she headed the Planning section of the Commission. ​

She then served as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Defence and National Security before assuming the role of the Permanent Secretary of the Attorney General’s Office of the Maldives. After a brief leave, she joined Transparency Maldives as the HR Manager of the organization. Sultana is currently working as the Chief Administrator of the High Court of the Maldives. ​

Her responsibilities include overseeing the daily management of the Office under the direction and guidance of the Chief Judge of the High Court and High Court Justices, policy formulation and implementation, personnel and finance management, including all operational management issues. With an extensive career in public service, Sultana’s area of interest is public sector governance, public administration and anti-corruption in the public sector.

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