Connecting Asian Youth

Aishath Rafiyya

Aishath Rafiyya, the founding President of the Regional Alliance for Fostering Youth (RAFY) started her career at the Bank of Maldives Plc in 2002.

She is a Deputy Leader and a founding member of the Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) the coalition partner of the present government.

She is the first elected female Deputy Leader of a political party in the Maldivian history during 2012.

She is an Independent Director at the State Trading Organization (STO) Plc's Board appointed by the Government, Chairperson of the Nomination

& Remuneration committee, Member of CG committee and Risk committee of STO Board. She is also the Director overseeing Chairman’s

Bureau of Sun Siyam Group and Manager of the Sun Women’s Football Team. She took the initiative to form Sun Women's Football Team which is the pioneer among the private women's football teams in the Maldives as a CSR project. 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.

In capacity development field Rafiyya is the Head of Blek Academy and Senior Consultant of Blek Foundation run in Maldives. She is also a visiting Lecturer at the Maldives Polytechnic and a Cofounder of Boch Institute of Maldives now known as Maldives Development Research Institute (MDRI). Rafiyya is a Doctorate Researcher focused on Women Empowerment through Tourism. She holds a Master of Business Administration (Major in HRM) and BSC (Hons) in Business Information Systems from University of East London. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Management, International Diploma in Computer Studies (NCC, UK) and City and Guilds Advance Diploma in Hair Dressing and Beauty.

She is a personal mentor for Queen’s Young Leaders Leading the Change program  of University of Cambridge UK, the first Maldivian fellow and the 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.

In recognition of her continuous efforts in women empowerment, capacity development and voluntarism, Rafiyya has received a number of local and international accolades. These include:

  1. ‘International Award of Distinction’ from the Royal Institution, Singapore,
  2. ‘Outstanding Women Leadership Achievement Award’ at the World Women Leadership Congress
  3. ‘Young Women Achiever Award’ for Outstanding Contributions, Significant Achievements and Sustained Excellence in the field of Human Resource Management, at Venus International Women Awards.
  4. ‘Golden Globe Tiger Outstanding Women Leadership Award’ at the Golden Globe Summit held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  5. “Women Super Achievers for Excellence In Corporate & Public Affairs” at Asia Women Leadership Excellence Awards held on 4th August, 2016 at Pan Pacific, Marina Square, Singapore
  6. ‘Young Women in Leadership Award’ at the South Asian partnership Summit & Business Awards, held in Sri Lanka.
  7. ‘TOYP AWARD’ Junior Chamber International’s (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award 2016, Maldives and nominated national winner to represent Maldives at the TOYP International award in 2017.
  8. ‘National Youth Award’ for Voluntarism, by the Ministry of Youth & Sports on the National Youth Day 2016 held in Dharubaaruge.