Fathimath Najwa is presently serving at the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu as Director, Social Affairs. She joined the Secretariat in July 2014 as Director representing the Maldives. As head of Social Affairs Division, she oversees, coordinates and drives the implementation of Social Affairs mandate of SAARC in its eight Member States, which include key issues related to health, women, children and youth.
Ms. Najwa is a diplomat from the Maldives Foreign Service and has served in the Maldives Foreign Service in different capacities at the headquarter as well as in diplomatic missions abroad, since her joining the Service in 2001.
Prior to being deputed at the SAARC Secretariat, she served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives as Head of SAARC Division.
In New York, she served at the Permanent Mission of the Maldives to the United Nations as First Secretary/Head of Chancery. She was a representative of the Government of Maldives at the 68th United Nations General Assembly and coordinated the Maldives' campaign for re-election at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
In Beijing, working directly under the Ambassador, as First Secretary and head of economic, commercial and cultural department at the Maldives Embassy in China, she worked on improving the commercial relations between Maldives and China, promoted and facilitated Chinese investment in the Maldives, and organized several important activities to promote Maldives’ tourism in China. She also coordinated Maldives' participation at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, as Deputy Commissioner General of Maldives’ pavilion.
In New Delhi, she served as Third Secretary at the Maldives High Commission in India and undertook several consular responsibilities, and coordinated a number of high-level visits including two state visits.
Ms. Najwa is a post graduate in Public Administration from the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.
She speaks Dhivehi (native tongue), English, Hindhi/Urdu, Mandarin and has limited proficiency in Arabic and French.