Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources, and Agriculture
Ms. Zaha Waheed is the current Minister for the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture. She was appointed as the Minister on the 17th of November 2018.
Born on 4th May 1968, Ms. Zaha Waheed has a long and rewarding career within the Ministry of Fisheries (Marine Resources) and Agriculture. Her career started in the Marine Research Section in the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture as a Trainee. Since then, she has performed the roles of Researcher, Senior Researcher, Deputy Director and the Head of Policy Plannning and Coordination Service from 1989 to 2008. Ms. Waheed was appointed as the Minister of State for Fisheries and Agriculture in November 2013 until August 2015. She has continued her services as an Executive Coordinator in the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture until June 2017. Furthermore, Ms. Waheed is a prolific writer and has published more than 25 technical papers on various marine research topics.
Ms. Waheed has also worked in the National Disaster Management Center (NDMC) which was formed on the 26th December 2004. In the aftermath of the Tsunami, she has worked on information gathering and conducting rapid risk assessments. Further on, her responsibilities was to address and manage the 15,000 internally displaced populations through out the Maldives. She has worked on finalizing the institutional framework of the NMDC and as well as establishing a National Platform for disaster risk reduction and enhancing community based disaster risk management programs.
Additionally, she was the Project Coordinator for Country Action on Convention of Biological Diversity at the Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment (2008-11). Her responsibilities included developing the objectives of the program including a Preliminary Strategy and Action Plan for planning, establishing and managing a system of protected areas in the Maldives.
Ms. Waheed was an administrator for the initiation movement of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (May-December 2011) and Registrar (2012-2013). Moreover, Ms. Waheed was appointed the Secretary General of the party in May 2013 and remained so when PPM won the presidential elections in November 2013.
Prior to her current role as the Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture, she was the Project Director for the World Bank financed Sustainable Fisheries Resources Development Project from June 2017 – November 2018.
Ms. Waheed has accomplished her B.Sc. with Joint Honors in both Marine Biology and Oceanography and furthermore, she has also completed her MSc in Marine Science (Fisheries Resource Management).
Ms. Waheed is an active volunteer for the Society of Health Education (SHE), a non-governmental organization that promotes health and education amongst the local population, since it’s formation on the 7th of April, 1988.