Dr. Aminath Shafia
Dr. Shafia started her career as an Agriculturist in 1992 after completing her Bachelors Degree in Tropical Agriculture from the University of South Pacific, Western Samoa. Her first assignment at the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture after graduation as a Horticulturist facilitated her exposure to rural communities and fostered interest and passion to focus her career on food security and rural development. Since then she continued her career to advance her academic knowledge in emerging issues of food security and rural development. She then completed a Masters Degree in Plant Pathology and Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Biology from the University of Sydney, Australia and University of Guelph, Canada respectively.
Her technical involvement in the field later expanded into strategic engagement in policy and planning in the area of food security, climate change and food systems. To further her academic sphere, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Plant Science from University of Reading, UK. During the period 2005 to 2019 she worked as the Director, Director General and Minister of State for Agriculture at the Ministry of Fisheries, Agriculture and Marine Resources. Currently she is serving as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture.
Her service in the Government of Maldives for more than 25 years was intertwined with exposure to international development agencies such as the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), World Bank and Environment and Women INGO’s and CBO’s. Her leadership in climate change adaptation and community development projects to strengthen the livelihood of vulnerable and marginalized communities is centered towards her passion to create a better, equitable and sustainable world, especially for the marginalized communities such as rural women. Her notable demonstrations in evidence-based technical and strategic policy, planning and management in food security, agroecology and climate change provided her the opportunity to work in FAO and IFAD as a Specialist and Consultant.
Dr. Shafia is continuing to provide her support to more than eight local and international institutions in the capacity of focal point, delegate and board member.