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

About HDC

Management Structure

Suhail Ahmed

Managing Director/ Board Director

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 Director

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.

Shathir Abdul Rahman

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Shathir Abdul Rahman initially began his career as island chief of Dh. Gemendhoo in the year 1995. Since then, he has acquired prominent positions within the government sector including position of Dh. Atoll Councilor, State Secretary of the central province and most notably, his tenure as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Home Affairs. Mr. Shathir is also experienced in the private sector, having held the prominent role of Legal Director at AAA & Trading Company Pvt Ltd for a period of 6 years.

Mr. Shathir was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Housing Development Corporation on November 2020. Prior to his appointment, he was the Deputy Managing Director of Greater Malé Industrial Zone Ltd.

Mohamed Ilham

Acting Chief Resource Officer Human Resource Management

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).

Ismail Shan Rasheed

Planning Strategist, Strategic Business Unit

Mr. Ismail Shan Rasheed joined HDC in 2015. Moving up the hierarchy competently, he was promoted to a Director in 2016 and has held the post at Planning and Development, Municipal Administration as well as Real estate management. With over six years of combined experience at HDC, he has been instrumental in shaping the transformative developments in Hulhumalé.

He is currently in charge of strategic planning and monitoring in order to create a more efficient and transparent business operation by developing robust information and communication systems, internal control, risk management, and improved managerial work procedures, all of which are essential components of good corporate governance. He also leads the strategic Communications Unit, which is in charge of managing HDC's communication, social, digital media, and outreach initiatives, as well as innovative strategies to communicate target audiences by aligning HDC's communication goals with its strategic and technical goals.

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.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Science and a Diploma in Architectural Technology.

Adam Azmee

Municipal Services

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 Unit

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.

Mohamed Solah

Corporate Affairs, Administration & ICT

Mr. Mohamed Solah, joined HDC in 2003. He has proved to be an invaluable asset and was appointed the Director of Corporate Affairs, Administration & ICT in February 2020.

Having started his career with us, he was first hired as a Project Officer. Moving up the hierarchy competently, he has led various projects within the ICT Section of the organization. His expertise in the field has being crucial for us in adapting and moving forward to a tech-savy organization. Furthermore, he has rendered his services and being a voice of action in other key roles of the organization such as Bid Evaluation Committee, Training Committee and Public Relations Committee. Apart from this, his consultancy engagements with private parties has also enabled him in gaining a wide array of skills. Over the past decade, he has proved his capabilities in technical areas of ICT and management roles as well.

Currently, his aim as the Director of one of the key support functions is to ensure that, the role of the department aligns with the organizational strategic initiatives leading to overall success within the organization. To achieve this, he plans to introduce efficient customer management initiatives with a solid ICT infrastructure plan. Additionally, he believes in functional efficiency through better coordination and robust planning and smart solutions leading to exceptional management.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Application.

Mohamed Rasheed

Project Management & Development

Mr. Mohamed Rasheed started his career with us in June 2002 when he was first hired as an Assistant Project Officer. Prior to commencing his tenure as the Director of Project Management and Development at HDC in 2021, he has served as Senior Projects Officer, Section Head for our in-house Construction Management Section, and as the acting Head of Department.

Moving up the hierarchy, he has competently led and managed the delivery of critical projects and provided unparalleled managerial support for key residential, commercial, and infrastructure development projects executed by HDC. Mr. Rasheed’s area of expertise includes Project Management, Risk Management, and Quantity Surveying, among many other skills, and has built an impressive professional background participating in courses and seminars throughout his career. His academic background includes an Advanced Certification in Building Construction, a Diploma in Construction Management, and a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Construction Management from Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University in Malaysia.

Fathimath Nihaya

Procurement and Warehouse Management

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 Procurement Function 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. As she has been responsible for several key functions of the organization, growing personally and professionally over the past 15 years, her ideas, skills and capabilities are irreplaceable within the organization.

As of now, she plans on devising better mechanisms for procurement & sourcing strategies, while strengthening our internal controls. She is also working towards cost-effective strategies for purchasing by monitoring the company’s expenses and market trends. Furthermore, her top priorities are establishing a central warehouse at HDC, ensuring proper stock controls and inventory management.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce specializing in Accounting

Ahmed Nafiz

Business Solutions & Smart Infrastructure

Mr. Ahmed Nafiz joined HDC in the year 2019, with over 20 years of experience in the telecommunication industry at various positions held both locally and internationally. He has served managerial positions for local telecom providers such as Dhiraagu and Ooredoo as well as 4RF Communication Ltd in New Zealand.

During his previous tenures, he has acquired vast knowledge in strategic planning and achieving financial targets of enterprise segments and is well experienced in the field of techno- commercial. His expertise ranging from business planning and diversification via technology to design and build of a government data Protection & Security and establishing a policy for the telecom industry of the country has played an important role for us in building a government own network infrastructure and realizing the vision of making Hulhumalé a successful smart city. Mr. Ahmed Nafiz attained an International Diploma in Telecom Engineering and Master's degree in Business Administration from University of Wales, UK.

Shazim Saeed

Real Estate Management

Over a decade of service marks Mr. Shazim Saeed’s contribution to HDC across key corporation divisions in Finance, Strategic Business and most notably, in Real Estate Management. Mr. Shazim commenced his professional journey with HDC in the year 2007 and has competently moved up the corporation ranks to be appointed as a Director in September 2021.

His diverse portfolio at HDC can be noted in the establishment of Real Estate practices at the corporation by defining the Property Management function in it’s implementation process and in expanding the commercial portfolio of Hulhumale’ by leading the Estate Sales and Contract management. Additionally, Mr. Shazim has managed and formulated key corporation roles including strategic management and performance monitoring, leading policy and SOP initiatives in the process. Mr. Shazim continues to be a key member in driving HDC’s goals and targets, where he has led the formulation of the corporation’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 as well as being actively involved in the devising of the Smart City Action Plan.

He holds a BBA in Real Estate from Assumption University of Thailand, graduating among the Rector’s Honors list with highest distinction. Mr. Shazim was also awarded the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RCIS) Gold Scholarship in Thailand and is a qualified Land and Property Valuer. Presently, he privately practices property valuation across residential, commercial and hospitality sectors.

Ahmed Asbaah

Chief Internal Auditor - Internal Audit

Mr. Ahmed Asbaah joined HDC in the year 2019, bringing years of experience in auditing to the Corporation. He began his career as an Assistant Auditor in Auditor General’s Office and skillfully moved up the career ladder to occupy the position of Audit Manager where he played key role in revising and developing of audit manuals and managing and conducting high profile special audits. He has served as a strong motivator and leader over the course of his career and furthermore, he has mentored and trained team members to help them explore their full professional capability. He has acquired immense knowledge, ranging from the above mentioned to outlining risk assessments and keeping the management well informed of potential compliance issues.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting & finance from HELP University, Malaysia.

Ismail Shareef

Hulhumalé Operations

Mr. Ismail Shareef joined our team in 2019 as a manager in charge of overseeing the responsibilities of Hulhumalé Operations. Prior to commencing his tenure at HDC he passionately pursued experience of over 20 years in the educational sector with a major focus on financial management. In addition, another noteworthy experience in his career includes his exceptional service at Malé Municipalty in operations and Maintenance Department.

Mr. Shareef has been on the forefront of empowering youth and has dedicated a great deal of his career on youth development since 2009. Continuing his invaluable service to this cause, he currently plays a vital role in leading Maafannu Youth Development Association as the Vice President of the association. With his notable experience in management and innovative skills, his main responsibility includes overseeing the Hulhumalé Operations which plays an imperative role in the implementation of Hulhumalé Development Projects. Currently, Ismail is in charge of major operational activities of HDC including Greening, Public Infrastructure Maintenance, Cleaning and Transport section which are vital to the functioning of keeping Hulhumalé’ as the ideal vibrant city of the country. His scope of work has been further broadened with the new upcoming development and influx of its residents in to Hulhumalé Phase 2. His ultimate goal is to transform the efficiency of these core functions by adapting customer centric strategies that are shaped towards excellence in service delivery.

Hamid Saleem

Thilafushi & Gulhifalhu Operations

Mr. Hamid Saleem was appointed as the Director of Thilafushi & Gulhifalhu Operations of Housing Development Corporation (HDC) on September 2021. He has been counting 10 years of continuous service for the company starting with Thilafushi Corporation (TCL) in 2012. Mr. Saleem has served as the Head of Procurement Department at TCL where he contributed to establishing the first ever procurement policy for the company and headed the committee that made the General Guidelines for Thilafushi.

He has served as Head of Human Resources and Administration after the merger with Gulhifalhu, at Greater Male’ Industrial Zone Limited (GMIZL), while also leading the Procurement and IT function of the organization. He has experience serving in the hospitality industry for nearly a decade, working for both local and international brands in various managerial positions including managing reservations, front office, guest relations and serving as Resort Deputy Manager.

Mr. Saleem, an enthusiast in humanitarian initiatives, has received appreciation from Mobile Medical Response Team (MMRT) under Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) for the services extended to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from University of Bedfordshire, UK. Additionally, he has gained invaluable knowledge and experience through getting enrolled in numerous trainings conducted both locally and globally.

At HDC, he is responsible for the overall management of Thilafushi and Gulhifalhu operations and plays a pivotal role in initializing the development of both Islands in accordance to the company’s vision. He is also a member of the Strategic Investment Committee of HDC.