Presenting: Judges Panel at the Maldives Business Awards

His Excellency Hamdhun Abdullah Hameed (C) at the launch event of Maldives Business Awards — Photo Credit:

The Maldives Business Awards were launched on 23rd of May. The Awards, first of its kind in the whole of the Maldives, is notable in many ways.

In a stark departure from expected norms, Blazon Inc., the team behind the Maldives Business Awards, wished to ensure the Awards were given out to companies that demonstrated excellence, irrespective of size of business. The nominees will be judged by a panel on various aspects. The Panel is consistent of expert panelists, with years of public and private sector experience between them.

  • H. E. Hamdun A. Hameed

H.E. Hamdhun A. Hameed presently serves as the non-Resident Ambassador of the Maldives to Singapore. He is the head of the Judges panel at the Maldives Business Awards. Ambassador Hameed has had years of public service, including his tenure as Minister Planning and Development and as a Parliamentarian.

  • Dr. Aishath Muneeza

Dr. Aishath Muneeza is among the key founders of Islamic finance in the Maldives. She is the driving force behind the establishment of Maldives Hajj Corporation, the Tabung Haji of Maldives and she has facilitated the establishment of more than ten financial institutions offering Islamic finance services.

  • Dr. Mariyam Waseema

Dr. Mariyam Waseema is the Managing Director of Life Support Pvt. Ltd. Life Support. Previously Dr. Waseema had served as Senior Policy Executive at the Ministry of Environment and Energy and as Senior Policy Executive at Ministry of Finance and Treasury, as well as having working in State Trading Organization (STO) and Education Ministry.

  • Dr. Azmiralda Zahir

Dr. Azmiralda was the first female Judge appointed to the High Court of the Maldives, overseeing high profile cases. She is presently one of the partners at the newly formed law firm Litica Law. She had also served as Dean at the Faculty of Shariah and Law at the Maldives National University.

  • Mr. Ahmed Mazin

Ahmed Mazin currently chairs the Board at the Capital Market Development Authority. Educated in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, he is part of the team shaping the capital market in the Maldives.

  • Usthaz Ashraf Rasheed

Usthaz Ashraf Rasheed is presently the Senior Legal Counsel at the Ministry of Finance and Treasury. He is also the founder at Ashraf and Co., Law House and is the sole proprietor at the Holiday Homes Guesthouse in Kelaa Island in Haa Alif Atoll. He also had served as head of Legal Department at Police Integrity Commission as well as Deputy Director at Anti-Corruption Commission.

  • Mr. Abdullah Ghiyas

Abdullah Ghiyas has been an instrumental figure in the Maldivian tourism sector. He has served as the President of Maldivian Association for Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) for the past four years. He is also the Deputy Managing Director of Inner Maldives Holidays for the past 12 years.

  • Ms. Fathimath Shaanaa Faarooq

Fathimath Shaanaa Faarooq currently serves as Director General at Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure. She has filled that position for the past two years. Prior to that, she had served as Project Coordinator at the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure for nine years.

  • Mr. Ibrahim Athif Shakoor

Ibrahim Athif Shakoor presently is the Managing Director at United Foods. He had previously served at senior positions in Allied Insurance, State Trading Organization (STO), Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO) and Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC).

The main purpose of Maldives Business Awards is to ensure that this Award sparks an interest in companies, to create a culture of continuous improvement and help revolutionize the business landscape in the country. That is precisely the reason why the team at Maldives Business Awards had sought to mete out these Awards after a rigorous assessment on various criteria.


  1. NaseemNafa at 12:28 am

    In your awards please include local employment as a key factor. We need encourage employers to employ our youth on whom parents are spending a lot on their future. It’s alarming when you look at the number of expats in Maldives while our own kids are excluded for various reasons. I’m not against expats. I appreciate their contribution. But priorities must be on locals. That’s how we create development and civilization in the long run. Wish you all success and may Allah bless your good work. NaseemNafa