Habeeb appointed as new CEO of National Drug Agency

Mohamed Habeeb, newly appointed CEO of the National Drug Agency | Photo: Sun

Male’, Maldives – Mohamed Habeeb has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Drug Agency (NDA), replacing former CEO, Hassan Shaheel, who resigned during September of last year.

Habeeb’s appointment comes four months after Shaheel’s resignation, which was fueled by alleged threats by addicts and social media harassment. During this time, the Agency was managed by Deputy Director General Ali Shareef.

Prior to this, Habeeb worked in various executive positions in establishments such as the Local Government Authority (LGA), Dhiraagu and Maxcom Technologies. He also holds a Masters Degree from the International College of Business and Technology.

The National Drug Agency, a government agency responsible for the implementation of policies relating to regulations of the country, was established under the Drug Law (17/2011).

However, its work is overseen by the National Drug Control Council established under the new Drug Law, and is managed by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who reports to a ten member Advisory Board appointed by the President.

The Board is accountable to the Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister is accountable to the Parliament on all matters relating to the Agency.