Dr Azeema Adam

Dr Azeema Adam is the Governor of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA), which is the Central Bank of the Maldives. In this position, Azeema represents the small island nation at the international arena and holds a key role in economic policy making and strategic management of the country’s economy. She has worked to draw attention to the significant challenges facing small island developing states in generating financing for development, in particular, the SDGs, climate financing, and economic diversification.

Azeema has attended a number of high-level international conferences on financing for development, both as a panelist and as keynote speaker. That include: ECOSOC High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (Keynote Speaker), New York, July 2015; ECOSOSC Forum on Financing for Development: Follow-up in the Asia-Pacific Region (panelist), in New York, April 2016; UNESCAP’s High Level Consultation on Financing for Development (panelist) in Jakarta, April 2015; First High Level Follow-up Dialogue on Financing for Development in Asia and the Pacific (panelist), Incheon, March 2016; and UNESCAP Committee on Macroeconomic Policy on Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development (Keynote Speaker), Bangkok, December 2015.

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Canberra, Australia, MSc in International Development and Finance from the University of Leicester, UK, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Canberra, Australia. In her PhD research, Azeema developed an in-depth analysis of the most effective exchange rate system for the Maldives, whose economy is heavily reliant on foreign currencies. This research has fed directly into her current work, shaping economic policies on currency exchange. Azeema joined the MMA in 1991 and has previously held the positions of Assistant Governor and Chief Economist at the MMA before becoming the Governor in April 2014.

Azeema will be speaking about Expanding Green Portfolios at 11:05 at the Forum. See the full agenda here