Board of Directors
AYESHA NURAIN JANAH
Nurain Janah is a Chartered Accountant, professional director, consultant & executive coach. With over 10 years’ experience as a director, she has held a portfolio of roles in investment and finance, construction and project management, and philanthropy.
Nurain is currently Group Vice Chair at Hotels and Resorts Investment Pvt Ltd (HARIM), an international multi-industry business spanning hotels and resorts development, construction technology, marine products, and investment services. HARIM is a second-generation family-run business based in the Maldives with globally recognised construction projects. Since moving to the Maldives from New Zealand to join the family business in 2022, Nurain has transformed the family business to implement operational efficiencies and positioned HARIM to effectively pursue and implement international diversification and investment.
Nurain is Founder and Director of Rehendhi Consulting, a global social enterprise supporting multinational corporations to embed environmental, social and governance into their strategies. Nurain is also Founder and Trustee of Authenticity Aotearoa, an award winning New Zealand-based charity empowering women of colour to express their authentic selves and working to create inclusive workplaces.
Nurain serves as Trustee of Foundation North, a $1.3bn philanthropic impact investment funder, and she is a Member of the New Zealand National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women. She was selected as an Explorer by AirTree Ventures, a venture capital hedge fund. She is also an Advisory Board Member for The Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms, a world first initiative. A Chartered Accountant and with a Masters in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Science, Nurain had a career as a Manager at Ernst & Young in the restructuring, turnaround and insolvency industry.
CEO & Managing Director / Board Director
Fathmath Thaufeeq was appointed by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu to the role of CEO & Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), the national tourism promotion board of Maldives, on December 17, 2023.
Having graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the University of West of England, Bristol, Ms. Thaufeeq has over 17 years of experience in diverse fields such as human resource and management, procurement, and public relations. She has also held senior management positions for over 9 years.
With her extensive knowledge and skills in management, Ms. Thaufeeq is able to bring all key stakeholders together to work towards accomplishing the pledges set out by the President of Maldives and to take Maldivian tourism to even greater heights.
Maha Naseer was appointed as a Board of Director of Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation on 26th December 2023.
A highly accomplished culinary professional, Ms. Maha brings a wealth of experience spanning various culinary domains. With more than 10 years of experience in the tourism industry, she has held key positions, showcasing her leadership skills and culinary expertise.
Currently serving as the Freelance F&B Consultant and Entrepreneur, Ms. Maha has demonstrated her culinary expertise in different capacities. She has successfully navigated roles as a Freelance F&B Consultant and Pastry Designer, contributing her innovative thinking to projects at renowned establishments such as Fihalhohi Island Resort and Amilla Fushi Maldives. Additionally, her dedication to the culinary arts extends to teaching, where she has served as an instructor, sharing her knowledge and skills with aspiring chefs.
Maha’s remarkable achievements include being recognized as the first Maldivian to receive the prestigious “Master Chef” recognition by the World Master Chef Society. Her strategic thinking and organizational skills were further honoured during her term of service as the Secretary General of The Chefs Guild of Maldives from 2019 to 2023.
Maha, a proud graduate in culinary arts and cuisine from Singapore Creative Culinaire (2014), holds a MasterChef certification from the World MasterChef Society (2022). Additionally, her commitment to the art of baking is evident through her graduation from the prestigious Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts in 2017.
AMINATH VULAU MOHAMED NAZIM
Aminath Vulau Mohamed Nazim did her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the prestigious University of Birmingham, UK in Hospitality, Tourism management, and is currently pursuing her PhD in University of Primorska, Slovenia in Innovative tourism.
She has been working in the field of hospitality and tourism in the Maldives and previously in the UK for the past 15 years.
She is the co-founder and MD of Hotel 78 group private limited. Their portfolio includes two of the longest running and top rated guesthouses and restaurants in Hulhumale and have recently expanded into logistics and transport as well.
h78 has won various awards including the Agoda Gold Circle award, TripAdvisor traveler recommendation awards and Booking.com awards just to name a few in its 9 years in operation.
She has been serving as the Chairperson of one of the first corporate society boards in the Maldives for the past 7 years.
She also sits on the advisory board of the Fertility Support Community, an organisation that helps couples to get fertility assistance and to spread awareness about fertility issues.
Her key strengths are in strategy development and research. As well as having worked in Maldives and abroad, she has a unique understanding of cultural nuances and a wealth of experience that she uses in work at her successful businesses to understand and serve customers better.
During her PhD. studies, she has undertaken various research projects and understands the value of a data drive marketing strategy.
She is one of the first female owners and leaders in the fast growing guesthouse industry here in the Maldives.
Rafil Mohamed is currently working as the Executive Director of the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI). A role he has filled since July of 2018. He is tasked with overseeing day-to-day operations, assisting in long-term strategic planning, enhancing membership levels, leading member communications and engagement and being the primary liaison of MATI for Governmental Agencies, Private sector stakeholders as well as international agencies.
He has also worked as a Deputy Director for the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation during which he led the team tasked with the formulation of the integrated marketing campaign titled the ‘’Story of Maldives Campaign’’ 2017/2018 which included components such as the ‘’Adventures of Maldives – video competition’’ and the ‘’Visit Maldives Photography Ambassadorships’’
He is also a Co-founder and former Director of the International Maldives Travel Market (IMTM), a B2B Travel and Trade fair held annually in Maldives. He oversaw the recruitment and management of Hosted Buyers, Airline Partners and Accommodation Partners during his tenure at IMTM.
He started his career in the Tourism Industry of Maldives as scuba diving guide / instructor and has worked on liveaboards such as Dhoni Stella 1 and 2, Scubaspa Maldives and briefly on Dream Voyager and Black Pearl. He has also worked as a Diving Operations Manager for Dhoni Stella 1 and 2.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the Manchester Metropolitan University. He also holds a Diploma in Strategy and has also completed the Creative Director program from the Miami Ad School Sri Lanka and Maldives. In terms of professional scuba diving, he holds a PADI IDC Staff Instructor Rating and an SSI Assistant Instructor Trainer rating.