Aishath Rafiyya

Aishath Rafiyya

Aishath is a Deputy Leader and a founding member of the political party Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), a pivotal member of Maldivian political arena and the coalition partner of the present government of the Maldives.

She is the first elected female deputy leader of a political party in Maldivian history, winning 90% of votes in the formation session in 2012. She remains the only female deputy leader of a political party in the Maldives. 

Aishath is also an elected member of the Women Development Committee (WDC), chairperson of Business and Finance Sub-committee and Vice-chair of Media Sub-committee at WDC of Male City Council.

She is an Independent Director at the State Trading Organization (STO) Plc’s group board and Head of the Chairman’s Bureau of Sun Siyam Group and Manager of the Sun Women’s Football Team, which she formed. 

Aishath is the Founding President of the first international non-governmental (NGO) created in the Maldives, the Regional Alliance for Fostering Youth (RAFY). She is President of the Maldives Development Research Institute (MDRI), an Executive Board Member and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Women on Boards (WOB) Maldives, and Senior Advisor to the Blek Foundation and Head of the Blek Academy. 

A visiting lecturer at the Maldives Polytechnic, Aishath is the first Maldivian Fellow and the first South Asian appointed as the Honorary President of Royal Institute of Public Administrators, under Royal Institution Singapore. She has represented Maldives in many South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) meetings and other important events. And she holds professional memberships of the Institute of Directors, UK, the Institute of Directors, India, and is a Board Director of the Training Institute of Japan.

In recognition of her continuous efforts in female empowerment, Aishath has received a number of local and  international accolades. These include:

  • the International Award of Distinction from the Royal Institution, Singapore, for her valuable contribution as a research presenter for a paper titled Challenges faced by women leadership in the Maldives at the 6th Global Congress and Conferment Ceremony in Manila
  • the Outstanding Women Leadership Achievement Award at the World Women Leadership Congress in 2016, in Mumbai, India
  • the Young Women Achiever Award for Outstanding Contributions, Significant Achievements and Sustained Excellence in the field of Human Resource Management, at Venus International Women Awards 2016
  • the Golden Globe Tiger Outstanding Women Leadership Award at the Golden Globe Summit 2016 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.