A. S. I. Moosa, B Eng. Hons. , M Phil. Eng.
Chief Commercial Officer of Atoll Paradise Private Limited
Former Special Envoy of The President - Science & Technology, Government of the Maldives
Editor in Chief - Dhivehi Observer
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Mr. Moosa (Sappe') completed his studies in the UK and holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (B Eng. 1995) from University of Glasgow (UK) and a Masters of Philosophy in Engineering degree in Metallurgy and Materials (M Phil Eng. 1997) from the University of Birmingham (UK). He continued his research work in at Birmingham further towards his PhD but postponed the studies in December 1997.
He worked in Maldives Transport & Construction Company (MTCC) Plc as Senior Engineer for Yanmar Sales and Aftersales Department from 1998 until 2003. He also formed a private consultancy firm in Maldives, A Company Private Limited, in 1999. The operations of the A Company stopped in October 2003, because of his move to the UK fearing arrest due to his criticism of the current Maldivian government in an interview given to the BBC that month, since then he has given many interviews to several international media outlets [Google Search]. 'A Company' carried out several projects for Villa Group, Cyprea, Sun Travels & Tours, DIMMS, MITSUI and several other prominent companies. Services provided by the Company included consultancy work in Engineering, Material Science, Civil Engineering, Law, Marketing and Business as well as Internet and IT.
Mr. Moosa's aim is to play an active role in the economic, social and political development of the Maldives and hopes that the youth and work force will emulate his achievements and aspirations. He believes that education is the key to success, prosperity and better life, the platform for a strong connected society. Mr. Moosa also worked as Director of Business Development and E-Commerce for Sun Travels & Tours Private Limited, one of the largest tour operator in the Maldives and owner of Vilu Reef Beach & Spa and Olhuveli Beach & Spa. He was also a consultant for Villa Shipping & Trading Company, the largest private company in the Maldives, operating more than 5 resorts and a major player in other key economic sectors. He also worked as a consultant for other companies such as Travelin Maldives Private Limited, Aqua Sun Maldives Private Limited, Capital Travel & Tours Private Limited and TBI
Mr. Moosa is the founder and Editor in Chief of Dhivehi Observer News Website - www.dhivehiobserver.com
Mr. Moosa is a founding member of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which was formed in exile in November 2003. He was an elected member of the first 15-member General Council of the Party. However, due to his task of being Editor of Dhivehi Observer News website (www.dhivehiobserver.com) he did not hold any elected position in the party but continues to work closely with party leadership on promoting democracy and respect for human rights in the Maldives, both of which have been undermined by the brutal and dictatorial regime of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom since 1978.
Maldivian Democratic Party won the first ever Presidential election held in October 2008.
Mr. Moosa was appointed as President's Envoy for Science & Technology on 11th March 2009. In the wake of the political turmoil and the subsequent resignation of President Nasheed on 7th February 2012, Mr. Moosa followed suit and left the Government.
During his time in the Government, Mr. Moosa represented Maldives at the World Bank Climate Investment Fund, Asia Solar Energey Forum (ADB). Mr. Moosa was also elected for two consecutive terms as Co-Chair of the Climate Investment Fund - Strategic Climate Funds in 2010-2011. www.climateinvestmentfunds.org
Mr. Moosa is also a founding member of South Asian Network For Security and Climate Change (SANSaC - www.sansac.org), an international Think Tank.
Mr. Moosa is currently the Chief Commercial Officer of Atoll Paradise Private Limited - www.atollparadise.com, an award winning luxury travel company based in the Maldives.
Dhivehi Observer is famous in the Maldives for the key role it played in exposing the dictatorship of Gayyoom from its launch in 2004. It is also by enlarge credited as a major force in bringing press freedom
Mr. Moosa has published scientific papers in the Journal of Polymer Testing and Journal of Cellular Plastics. His pastimes include reading, writing, philosophy, football, billiards and music.
Mr. Moosa's biography has been recorded in the Marquis Who's Who of Emerging Leaders 2007 (First Edition) as well as in the new edition of 'Who's Who in Asia' in recognition for the work he has done as a journalist, by founding Dhivehi Observer as a major source of news and information for the Maldivian public in general, who have been deprived of real news for many many years by state controlled media.
"The Internet is the medium of choice for people who want to write freely - any educated person with internet access in male' will start the day by reading the Dhivehi Observer (www.dhivehiobserver.com), a tabloid run from exile in the UK by modern-day fold hero Ahmed Moosa, known to one and all as Sappe'. Irreverent, hard-hitting and a self-declared anti-Gayoom site, the Dhivehi Observer is what anyone wanting to know the truth about the Maldives read as a matter of urgency, written as it is by anonymous sources throughout the country. Other great Internet sites include the UK-based Minivan News (www.minivannews.com), which is also a radio station serving the Maldives when it's not jammed." - Lonely Planet Maldives 2006
Following is an article that was published about Shafeeq in the AVENUE Magazine of the University of Glasgow – January 2001. This magazine is distributed worldwide to thousands of Graduates and friends of the University. Glasgow University is celebrating its 550th anniversary this year. During these 550 years, the university produced several outstanding scholars such as Adam Smith, the famous economist, Lord Kelvin, professor of Natural Philosophy and William Rankine, Professor of Civil Engineering and many others.
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(a copy is available at avenue/Article2000.htm )
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