Ms. Fathimath Ghina joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2014 as Joint Secretary. After briefly working in the International Affairs and Europe Divisions, Ms. Ghina was posted as Counsellor at the Mission of Maldives to the European Union and Belgium in Brussels, Belgium from 2015 to 2019. Working closely with the Ambassador, Ms. Ghina was responsible for implementing Maldives foreign policy in relation to the European Union, and promoting bilateral cooperation with Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. Since her return from Brussels, she has been heading the South Asia and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Division at the Ministry. Guided by the Maldives foreign policy framework, she is responsible for tailoring and implementing policies in relation to the countries of the region - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the Ministry, Ms. Ghina held the post of National Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) hosted at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Maldives, from 2010 to 2014. Ms. Ghina also worked at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris from 2005 to 2009, where her focus was to advance the sustainable development of small island developing states. Before joining UNESCO, she spent a year at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK, where as a Chevening Scholar she was involved in studying the status of coral reef conservation and sustainable management. Prior to that she taught A- level biology for three years at the Science Education Centre, in Maldives. Ms. Ghina holds an MSc in human ecology from the Vrije University of Brussels, Belgium, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Biology & Integrated Science) from the University of Bristol, UK and a BSc in biology and applied social sciences from the University College of Ripon and York, UK. She speaks fluent English, French and Hindi. Ms. Ghina loves to read, travel and experience the diversity of nature, cultures and cuisines.