Heena Waleed appointed as Maldives' first female Chief Spokesperson

23 Apr 2024 | 20:01
Heena Waleed (Photo/Voice)

Heena Waleed, a prominent figure in Maldivian politics, has been appointed as the Chief Spokesperson for the President's office, marking a historic moment as the first woman to hold this position.

The announcement came today from the President's office, highlighting Heena Waleed's extensive experience and expertise in both politics and media.

Heena Waleed, who currently serves as the CEO of the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA), will take on the role of Chief Spokesperson alongside her responsibilities at NSPA, without receiving any salary for the spokesperson position.

Her appointment comes as a significant milestone for gender representation in Maldivian government positions.

Prior to her appointment, she held various notable positions, including Political Director at the Foreign Ministry during the administration of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

She also made her mark in the media industry as the Executive Editor at PSM (Public Service Media).

With her background in politics, media, and public relations, Heena Waleed is well-equipped to serve as the voice of the President's office.

Her previous role as the spokesperson for the ruling party, PNC, during the 20th parliamentary election further demonstrates her capability in effectively communicating with the public and the media.

Heena Waleed's appointment reflects a progressive step towards gender inclusivity and representation in Maldivian politics, paving the way for more women to take on leadership roles in the government.