PAST AUDITOR GENERALS



MR. NIYAZ IBRAHIM

Mr. Niyaz Ibrahim served as the Auditor General of Maldives from May 4, 2011 to November, 2014. Mr. Niyaz is a professionally qualified auditor with experience in the auditing and accounting profession. His formal education qualifications include Master of Science in Audit Management and Consultancy from Birmingham City University, Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, University of East London of the United Kingdom and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), United Kingdom.


MR. IBRAHIM NAEEM

Mr. Ibrahim Naeem served as the Auditor General of Maldives from January 16, 2008 to March 29, 2010. Mr. Naeem is a professionally qualified accountant with considerable experience working in both private and public sector in the Maldives. Additionally, he also worked for various international organizations, including Pannell Kerr Forster (Australia), Hourigan & Lai (Australia), and Ernst & Young (Singapore). Mr. Ibrahim Naeem received an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Management Consultancy from UK in1998. Moreover, Mr. Naeem has been a member of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) of Australia since 1992. In 1997, he completed PhD Coursework (European Doctoral Programme in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development) from Spain & Sweden . He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Lebanon), a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (Australia) and an MBA in Accounting and Finance (Australia). Prior to his appointment as the Auditor General of the Maldives in January 2008, he had held several senior executive positions in the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA), including the position of the Alternate Governor from the Maldives to the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the Managing Director, Financial Sector Division.


MR. ISMAIL FATHHY

Mr. Ismail Fathhy served as the Auditor General of Maldives from November 11, 1993 to January 16, 2008 while retaining the designation of Minister of State . Mr. Fathhy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Bombay University in 1968. Upon graduating from the Bombay University, Mr.Fathhy took up employment in the Audit Office in 1969 as an auditor and worked there until 1978. He then joined the State Trading Organisation (STO) as a manager. In addition, Mr. Fathhy also served as a director in the National Planning Agency and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury before being appointed as the Vice Governor of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) in 1981. Following his appointment as the Minister of State in charge of the Audit Office, Mr. Fathhy embarked on a programme of reform at the office including various initiatives aimed at establishing a skilled workforce within the Audit Office. It was during Mr. Fathhy’s tenure that the Audit Office carried out its first major capacity building project under the financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank aimed at modernisation and automation of its internal processes and procedures to carry out its functions in line with international best practice. Moreover, Mr. Fathhy is also the first head of the Audit Office to recognise the importance of public audit legislation in guaranteeing the independence of the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of the Maldives. Thus, he presided over the efforts made by his dedicated staff to draft the first audit bill in the Maldives, and to get the bill enacted into law in 2007.


MR. MOHAMED ZAHIRU ( H. BUREVIMAAGE)

The Minister of State Mr. Mohamed Zahiru joined the government during 1940s. He served as the Head of Audit Office from August 1991 to November 1993. Mr. Zahir was able to leverage the experience he gained from various sectors to bring the needed reform and development to Audit function and office administration. It was during his leadership that computer was first introduced to the audit work.


LATE MR. KUDADHAHARAAGE ABDUL RASHEED

The Late Kudadhaharage Abdul Rasheed joined Audit Office on 14th December 1969 as a secretary. Eventually his hard work and dedication won him a promotion to the position of Deputy Head of Audit Office. He was appointed as the Head of Audit Office by His Excellency President Uz. Maumoon Abdul Qayoom on 5th January 1989. During the 22 years he served at Audit Office, he spent most of his time at office work. Mr. Rasheed championed audit training and capacity building and initiated several measures to make the government accountable


MR. ABDULLA JAMEEL

Mr. Abdulla Jameel served as the Head of Audit Office from 18th December 1971 to 10th January 1973. During this period, Maldivian government initiated several development projects, and the work of Audit Office had to be carried in full swing. Apart from this, Mr. Abdulla Jameel also headed the Audit Office on several casual vacancies.


LATE. MR. ADAM NASEER MANIK

The Late Mr. Adam Naseer Manik was a sincere and dedicated person. As the Deputy Minister of government treasury, he headed the Audit function at Vuzarathul Maliyya ( Ban'deyrige).


LATE MR. HURA DHONTHUTHTHU

When the government began to abandon the old practices in government income and expenditure handing by adopting a new public accounting system, the Late Mr. Hura Dhonthuththu was instrumental in reforming the Audit work accordingly. He was known for his democratic administration and commitment to work.


LATE MR. AHMED ZAKI - PRIME MINISTER

From 1st August 1972 to 6th March 1975, Audit Office remained under the jurisdiction of Prime minister's office. During this time Prime minister took several steps to strengthen the Audit work, especially staff training and capacity building.


LATE MR. ABDULLA ISMAIL

The Late Mr. Abdulla Ismail - the renowned Maldivian mathematician ( Thuththu saahab) was the first auditor of the government. At a time when mathematics was a strange subject to Maldivians, Thuththu saahab made it a pleasure to teach mathematics and navigation to people all over Maldives free of charge. Among his countless contributions, were land surveying, calculation of prayer times, setting ""vaguthu-gau"", finding Qibla for mosques, making books for teaching and learning of mathematics etc. Thus when government formed an Audit Office, there was no better candidate than Thuththu saahab to undertake this onerous duty.