Creating opportunities for better homes, health, employment and education services in the Maldives.

About HDC

Management Structure

Suhail Ahmed

Managing Director/ Board Member

Suhail Ahmed was appointed as the Managing Director and a member of the board of directors in December 2018. He has a lengthy history at HDC, having held the Managing Director’s post from 2012 to 2015 as well, before his brief departure. With over 15 years of combined experience at HDC, he has brought about transformative developments in Hulhumale’ over the years. He is a pioneer in city development and his experience and innovative mechanisms in this field are unparalleled in Maldives.

Currently, he is responsible for HDC’s vision, mission, strategies and day-to-day operations. In this role, he is leading critical developments and emergence of the company as the foremost national leader in city development. His current focus lies on Hulhumale’ phase II developments and accelerating our leading market position. Through strong growth, international exposure and a customer-first market approach, he plans to build a roster of marquee customers and partners.

He has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Building Management, with a wide array of experience from Urban Planning, Project Management, Construction Management to Real-Estate Management, in public and private sector.

Ahmed Athif

Deputy Managing Director/ Board Member

Mr. Ahmed Athif has been the Deputy Managing Director and a member of the board of directors, since March 2019.

With over a decade of experience in his field, Mr. Ahmed Athif is a highly passionate professional who was actively engaged in consultancy and private practice; rendering invaluable services to the public until his appointment at HDC. He has also been recognized as a transformative leader in dynamic business environments such as, Bank of Maldives and Maldives Monetary Authority.

Bringing with him a long track of quantifiable successes in finance and management, his current focus lies on reevaluating our strategic direction to cater to the growing population and developments of Hulhumale’. He is also exploring ways to boost the efficiency of the workforce through proper governance solutions and workflow alignment, to ensure that we implement the best possible solutions for our customers and stakeholders.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and has extensive experience in private sector with a key focus on auditing, tax consultancy and investment advisory.

Ahmed Shaam


Mr. Ahmed Shaam joined HDC in 2019. He is a certified ACCA affiliate member and holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Finance.

Prior to joining us, he was the Associate General Manager at Maldives Airports Company Limited, focusing mainly on financial control and risk management. He has extensive experience in the field, as he has worked in both private and public sectors. Early in his career, he worked in the private sector, building a strong foundation for personal and professional growth. Furthermore, he has also worked as the Head of Accounts and Finance at Maldives Hajj Corporation Limited.

With his comprehensive knowledge and experience, his aim with us is to be a business partner with strategic and operational focus, fostering flow and dialogue between different areas of the organization. He believes that establishing a clear vision, identifying key strategic goals and investing on the implementation of them within a good governance and best practice framework is the key to sustainability of a company such as HDC.

His main task is the responsibility of ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of HDC. He believes that to achieve this, finance needs to be embedded throughout the organization, providing decision support to key functions. Hence, he is building the Finance and Accounting team to better understand the company’s financial health and to act proactively as an enabler in sound decision making in the future.

Fathimath Nihaya

Corporate Affairs, Administration & ICT Department

Ms. Fathimath Nihaya joined HDC in 2005. Over the years, she has been a key contributor in our growth and developments. Currently she is responsible for the Administration, Customer Services and ICT functions of the organization.

She started her career at Ministry of Home Affairs, before joining us as a Senior Officer at Finance Department. She competently moved up the hierarchy and was promoted to the Director of Human Resources, Administration, ICT and Procurement functions. She developed, strategized and strengthened these functions early, building for us, a strong foundation for growth.

Currently, she plans on creating a knowledgeable team to serve and support customers in a manner that is effortless, accurate and friendly. Her customer-centric approach is also driven by our smart city vision. She plans to lead her ICT Team to make Hulhumale’ a tech-savvy, digitalized, smart city with everything at the finger tips for all our stakeholders.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce specializing in Accounting.

Mohamed Ilham

Human Resource Management Department

Mr. Mohamed Ilham joined HDC in early 2015, overseeing the training and development function of the organization. He competently moved-up the hierarchy and was promoted to the Director in 2017.

Prior to joining our team, he worked at Civil Service Commission of Maldives for over 5 years gaining invaluable experience in different areas of Human Resource Management. With us he has organized the biggest Career Expo of the country and developed our Youth Apprenticeship Program to tackle prominent issues within the local job market. His forward-thinking has led to extensive changes in our human resource strategies and policies to adapt, to the growing business environment.

Being a game-changer in the field of human resources, his current focus lies on, aligning people to the business goals, by cascading strategic goals. He also aims to create sustainable human resource development strategies by implementing community skill development initiatives. The ultimate result he envisions would be that, HDC will become the employer of choice for job seekers within Maldives.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management. He has also been recognized among the 50 most talented HR Leaders nationally, for two years in a row (2018 & 2019).

Nawaz Shaugee

Projects Management & Development Department

Mr. Nawaz Shaugee joined HDC as the Director of Projects Department in 2015. He holds a Bachelors Science Degree in Civil Engineering and holds a specialized Diploma in Construction and Management of Buildings, Estates and Barracks.

Prior to joining us, he served the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) for over a decade. He joined MNDF, as a Civil Engineer and moved up the ranks to secure the post of Head of Directorate at Policy, Planning and Resource Management unit. Over the decade, he has lead several major units such as Project Implementation, Post Construction, Structural Design and Quantity Surveying and Construction. Having lead notable large scale projects in Maldives, the most prominent highlight of his career was his role in the nationwide infrastructural reformation following the aftermath of Tsunami, alongside Disaster Management Centre of the Maldives and field experts.

As the Director of Projects Department at HDC, he has been a pioneer in the major developments in Hulhumale’, in recent years such as Phase II reclamation project and Phase II road and development projects. As of now his focus remains on accelerating the Phase II Developments and ensuring efficient delivery to project timelines. Furthermore, he is also working towards implementing better mechanisms in project management through improved communication flow between all stakeholders and strengthening internal processes.

Ismail Shan Rasheed

Real Estate Management Department

Mr. Ismail Shan Rasheed joined HDC in 2015, as a Research Officer. He was promoted to a Director in 2016 and has held the post at Planning and Development Department and Municipal Administration Department as well. He has been instrumental in shaping the developments in Hulhumale’, over the past few years. Currently, he is overseeing the Real Estate Management Department responsible for the sales, property management and maintenance functions of the organization.

He has established himself as a reputable Architect in Maldives, with a career spanning over a decade. He started his career at a private design firm, gaining experience and designing key projects within Maldives during the time. Apart from his design ventures, he has also supervised and managed major projects in the capital region such as Maldives Monetary Authority Building, State Trading Organization’s Head Office Building, to name a few.

His current focus lies on implementing tech-savvy solutions to property management. With this he hopes to improve the communication flow with our customers and build a systematic mechanism in managing the developments of Hulhumale’. Furthermore, he is also working towards providing convenient business opportunities to start-ups and small businesses, which can lead to a flourishing business market within Hulhumale’.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Science and a Diploma in Architectural Technology.

Adam Azmee

Municipal Administration Department

Mr. Adam Azmee joined HDC in 2019 as the Director of Municipal Administration. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Management and a Masters in Business Administration.

He started his career over a decade ago at Maldives Police Service. Later, he gained experience in management and human resource field, working in the government sector of Maldives. He has worked as an adaptable leader at Maldives National University and Centre for Holy Quran. Most recently, he was overseeing the Transport Department at Maldives Transport and Contracting Company. He has experience in both public and private sector with invaluable skills and knowledge in human resources, management and operations.

With us his responsibilities include overseeing the municipal services, operational support and community empowerment functions. He aims to, revolutionize these functions by adapting a service oriented strategy which is shaped towards efficient delivery. His focus also remains on, strengthening our community engagement initiatives and implementing better mechanisms for community empowerment.

Dr. Fathimath Shiuny

Legal Affairs Department

Dr. Fathimath Shiuny joined HDC in 2015, as an Assistant Director. She was promoted to the Director in 2016 and has been overseeing the legal functions of the organization since then.

She began her legal career over a decade ago, at Civil Service Commission of Maldives. Early in her career, she gained vital exposure in areas such as negotiations and litigation while working in the private sector. Moving forward, she has been actively involved in the tertiary education sector, having worked as a lecturer in universities locally and in Malaysia. She has established herself as a leading professional in her field through her strong communication skills, vast knowledge base and her passion for teaching.

Her current focus at HDC remains on ensuring compliance with governance structures and coordinating the establishment of operations in line with new legislations. Her approach to management is mainly aimed towards the integration of legal requirements with practical business goals, to ensure efficient delivery.

She holds a Ph.D in Law, Masters in Comparative Law and a Bachelors in Law.

Hussain Ziyath

Planning and Development

Mr. Hussain Ziyath joined HDC initially in 2008, moving up the hierarchy, to be promoted to the Director in 2019. Over the years, his innovative thinking has played an important role in the key developments of Hulhumale’. He has a Masters Degree in Urban Design and Planning and a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science (Architectural Studies).

In his current role at HDC, he is leading critical transformations to improve quality of living with a target of making Hulhumale’, a people centric smart city. He also aims to make Hulhumale’, a climate resilient city which can evolve and adapt to changes imposed by climate change. With a focus on supporting the socio-economic development of the city, he plans to increase public participation and enhance stakeholder engagement in moving forward.

He has experience working in the private sector gaining vital exposure in architectural, planning and development field. Most recently, he worked as an Urbanist at Intgreat Plus, enhancing his knowledge even further, in a UK based urban planning and place making practice. He has also contributed as a Design Tutor at Maldives National University for 3 years, playing a key role in shaping the youth embarking into the Architecture field. Currently, he is the vice president of Architects Association Maldives (AAM) promoting and creating awareness on the profession nationally.