Mariyam Shakeela

Former Positions: 

Cabinet Minister of Government of Maldives; Former Chairperson for Executive Board of WHO (World Health Organization); Former council member of IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency); Former Chair for Executive Education and MBA Panel/Curtin University), Former member of Advisory Board/School of Management of Curtin University

Current Positions:  

Honorary Consul of Belgium in Maldives; Chairperson for Addu Women’s Association (AWA) and WACAM, President of Maldives Women’s Chamber of commerce (MWCC); International Executive Council Member of SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC); Chair for Regional Committee of Asia Pacific ISGF (International Scouts and Guide Fellowship); Founder Member of Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL); Advisory Board member for Tourism Research Cluster and Tourism, Hospitality and Events at Curtin University.

A doctoral graduate from Curtin University, Dr Mariyam Shakeela, is one of the most active and successful entrepreneurs in Maldives with over 30 years of diverse, extensive knowledge and expertise working in politically, socially and economically multifaceted environments, managing varying workforces across a wide range of small to large organizations including Chairmanship of Executive Board of World Health Organization (WHO) and as a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Maldives. She has participated in key negotiations and advocacy roles at numerous international fora including forums that led to the development of SDG’s as well as on forums for human rights, health, environment and Climate change. She is one of the founding partners of SIMDI Group of companies, ( which is an off shoot of one of the oldest companies in Maldives. She heads many other profit and non-profit institutions, holding membership in many prestigious international bodies and is one of the most active Civil Society contributors facilitating opportunities for economic, social and political empowerment of women and youth, works on areas pertaining to conflict resolution, Human Rights and building peace and security. She is also a multi award winner, an academic, a published poet and an author whose publications are available both online and on physical bookstores.