Profile Of Dr. Aishath Rafiyaa

Started her career as a young banker and later a young diplomat, Dr. Aishath Rafiyya is currently a Director at the Sun Siyam Group of Companies overseeing Chairman’s Office. She is also an appointed Independent, Non-Executive Director at the State Trading Organization (STO) by the majority shareholder (Government) and the Chairperson of the Nomination and Remuneration committee, member of Corporate Governance committee and Risk committee of STO Board. 

As a National Youth Award winner for Volunteerism Rafiyya is known for her selfless contribution to social and voluntary service and is the Founding President of the Regional Alliance for Fostering Youth (RAFY) – the first international NGO established in the Maldives. She is also a prominent figure in today's political arena as a Deputy Leader and a founding member of the political party Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), the coalition partner of the current government. 

She was a former council member and President of women’s wing of People’s Alliance (PA).She made history by becoming the first woman to be an elected Deputy Leader of a political party by securing 90% of votes in its formation session and still remains the only woman deputy leader of a political party in the Maldives. 

Rafiyya is also an elected Member of Women Development Committee (WDC) of Male’ City Council, Chairperson of Business and Finance sub-committee and Media Sub-committee of WDC. She was the former Chief Executive Officer (COO) and an Executive Board Member of Women on Boards (WOB) Maldives. In capacity development field Rafiyya is Co-founder and Head of Blek Academy and Senior Consultant of Blek Foundation run in Maldives. She is a personal mentor for Queen’s Young Leaders -Leading the Change program of University of Cambridge UK, Mentor of STEM Scholars & 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program at the New York Academy of Sciences, Honorary President of the Royal Institute of Public Administrators of Royal Institution Singapore, IYC Ambassador of Maldives and holds professional memberships of Institute of Directors-UK, Institute of Directors-India and Board Director Training Institute of Japan. The ‘Outstanding Women Leadership Achievement Award’ at the World Women Leadership Congress 2016, Mumbai, India; ‘Young Women Achiever Award’ for Outstanding Contributions, Significant Achievements and Sustained Excellence in the field of HRM of the Women Awards - VIWA 2016, India; ‘Golden Globe Tiger Out.