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The Maldives Economic Review (MER) is published with the primary aim of fostering and encouraging informed discussion about Economic reality of the Maldives. In addition, the Review is also meant to be a reservoir of academic and professionally written articles and research findings on the Maldivian Economy.

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We invite and encourage all interested parties to contribute articles, commentary pieces and opinions published in the Review. Such contributions shall conform to the published Editorial Policy of the Review published herein. Comments to published pieces can be sent at Comment, where they will be moderated only for language and relevance to the piece to which it is aimed at. MER is Published and Edited by Ibrahim Athif Shakoor and Fazeel Najeeb.

Ibrahim Athif Shakoor


Ibrahim Athif Shakoor, has a BA in Economics, and an MBA from Monash University, Australia. He has served at senior, CEO level and Board Positions of some of the biggest and most diversified corporate entities of the Maldives.

Athif has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Maldivian National University and at Villa College. He is in a modest measure, a writer and an essayist. Together with a group of like-minded individuals he has worked to heighten the awareness of economic issues. Athif has also been a consultant to some of the bigger corporate entities in the country and is presently employed as the Managing Director of a private firm in the food industry.

Fazeel Najeeb


Fazeel Najeeb (PhD, LLM, B.A. (Hons.))  was a chief trade negotiator for the government of Maldives from around the mid 1990s to early 2000s.


Fazeel served as the governor of Maldives Monetary Authority (central bank) and the chairman of its board of directors from October 2008 until the end of 2013. He also was an expert (advisor) at Qatar Central Bank from 2014-2017. He is the chairman of Atoll Capital Finance, a private company providing finance brokerage services. Recently he took up the post of Assistance Professor at the Maldives National University.

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