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Secretariat Staff

The IORA Secretariat compromises of locally engaged support staff assisting the day-to-day activities and functions of the Secretariat as well as any other duties that may be assigned by the Secretary General and Directors.

Support Staff assist in the documentation of various research projects, meetings, routing of mails received and sent, compiling of financial information, filing, archiving, records maintenance, and IT. Each team member has been assigned to a specific department by the Secretary General to ensure efficient and effective operations of the Secretariat.

  • Mr. Mallam Hassam Sajid Mian
    Chief Coordinator at the IORA Secretariat
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    Mr. Mallam Hassam Sajid Mian
    Mr. Mallam Hassam Sajid Mian
    Chief Coordinator at the IORA Secretariat

    Mr. Sajid Mian Mallam Hassam is the Chief Coordinator at the IORA Secretariat and joined IORA in March 2006. He is tasked with the responsibility of supervising staff and junior employees. He provides assistance to professional staff in correspondence relating to Council meetings (COM, CSO, WGTI, BF, AG, WGHM) and updates the status of IORA projects.

    He completed a Training Course for IORA Diplomats which was conducted by the Indian Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs from 4 to 14 September, 2013, in New Delhi, India.

    Before joining IORA, Sajid Mian Mallam Hassam earlier worked in the private sector as a Data Analyst in the Data Processing and Analysis Division of the Market and Economic Studies Department from 1994 to 2004. He has been involved in various quantitative surveys and has acquired extensive experience, inter-alia, in areas such as customer satisfaction surveys, general consumption, brand evaluation surveys, etc.

  • Ms. Samima Bibi Saumtally
    Executive Secretary to the Secretary General
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    Ms. Samima Bibi Saumtally
    Ms. Samima Bibi Saumtally
    Executive Secretary to the Secretary General

    Ms. Samima Saumtally joined the IORA Secretariat in February 2007 and holds a Diploma in Communication and Business English from Cambridge University in United Kingdom and has completed courses in International Business at the University of Mauritius and Hospitality Management at Ecole Hotelier in Mauritius.  She has 10 years of experience as a Secretary and Senior Administrative Assistant including leading private firms in London where she developed useful communication and organizational skills.

    Currently Ms. Saumtally is the Executive Secretary for the IORA Secretary General.  She also provides broader administrative support to the IORA Secretariat in a key coordination role which includes scheduling meetings, monitoring incoming emails, responsibility for general correspondence, maintaining databases and contacts, managing  hard copy and electronic filing systems, and supporting IORA events overseas.  

  • Dr. Shamimtaz Sadally
    Project Manager – Blue Economy
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    Dr. Shamimtaz Sadally
    Dr. Shamimtaz Sadally
    Project Manager – Blue Economy

    Dr. Shamimtaz Sadally has a PhD in Marine Molecular Biology and Ecology and a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Mauritius. She has presented her PhD work at several national and international conferences and has publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

    She has been recognised for her scientific contribution at several occasions. She was nominated among the top five Mauritian Scientists at the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) Best Mauritian Scientist Award 2016 and won the Second Best Research for MRC Sponsored Post Graduates in 2014.

    Dr. Sadally has been appointed as the Coordinator to lead the Blue Economy Team at IORA since January 2015. As part of her job, she has been analysing the need and capacities of IORA Member States in terms of the Blue Economy, based on which she formulates projects and draft project proposals to be implemented in Member States. She is also involved in the IORA Sustainable Development Programmes for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which aims at optimising benefits of all IORA Member States and enable LDCs to host events on specific topics based on their priorities. Dr Sadally is motivated to contribute to the sustainable development of the Blue Economy, as well as to provide expert assistance and support to IORA Member States.

  • Ms. Kritika N Nuckchady
    Project Officer
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    Ms. Kritika N Nuckchady
    Ms. Kritika N Nuckchady
    Project Officer

    Ms. Kritika N Nuckchady is a young graduate from the University of Kent, United Kingdom. Holding a Bachelor of Laws, she has developed a keen interest for political culture, humanitarian intervention and international security since early in her studies.

    During an internship at the Delegation of the European Union in 2015, Ms Nuckchady assisted in monitoring EU-funded development projects and also contributed to a sensitisation campaign to promote Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

    Ms. Nuckchady joined the Indian Ocean Rim Association in 2016 as an intern, before moving to a full-time position as a Project Officer. Her main areas of focus are Tourism & Cultural Exchange, Renewable Energy, Water Security & Sustainability and SYDP. She also assists the Blue Economy Team of IORA.

  • Ms. Daniëlla Smit
    Project Officer
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    Ms. Daniëlla Smit
    Ms. Daniëlla Smit
    Project Officer

    Ms. Daniëlla Smit is a graduate from the University of Mauritius with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and is a certified Digital Marketing professional from DMI, United Kingdom.

    Ms. Smit joined the Secretariat as an intern in 2016 to assist the management of the office of the Chair in Indian Ocean Studies and various research projects on Trade and Investment, Maritime Safety and Security and the Blue Economy. She has also been assisting the compilation of the Blue Economy Handbook by the CIOS in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa.  Ms Smit joined as a full time Project Officer in 2017.

    In the IORA Secretariat, Ms. Smit assists various research projects related to Maritime Safety and Security, Disaster Risk Management, Renewable Energy and is responsible for the management of the IORA website and media outreach of the Association.

  • Mr. Sun Veer Moollye
    Project Officer
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    Mr. Sun Veer Moollye
    Mr. Sun Veer Moollye
    Project Officer

    Mr Sun Veer Moollye was awarded a scholarship from Curtin University to pursue an MPhil in Chemical Engineering, specializing in Marine Chemistry and Environmental Monitoring. He also holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Systems and Networking from the same University. Prior to joining the IORA Team, Mr Moollye was a research scientist with 2 years of field work and laboratory experience. During his 3 years of scientific research, he has published a paper entitled “Benchmarking Large Scale Cloud Computing in Asia Pacific”.

     

    Mr Moollye also has over 4 years of volunteering services for numerous University associations and causes, 3 years of being a committee member, and 2 years of advisory experience to some of those organisations. He has also emceed for numerous events for over 4 years.

     

    Mr Sun Veer has been appointed as Project Officer to be part of the Blue Economy Team since February 2019. He is ambitious, inquisitive and dynamic, and has helped directors in other IORA Priority Areas other than the Blue Economy since he has joined the Secretariat. He also helps with immediate minor IT related matters within the office.

  • Mr Kishen Ramchurn
    Accountant
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    Mr Kishen Ramchurn
    Mr Kishen Ramchurn
    Accountant

    Mr Kishen Ramchurn joined IORA in March 2019 as an Accountant. He has an exceptional ability in financial accounting and budgeting gained from 20 years experience in the field of accountancy.

     

    Prior to his appointment at IORA, he worked in the offshore sector as a Team Leader dealing with foreign clients from Luxembourg, Netherlands, France and India. Having experience in Investment Holdings, Trust and Fund accounting, he was also involved in training and capacity building programmes and provided assistance in the preparation of accounting software such as SAGE Pastel Evolution and Demasy.

     

    His main responsibility at the IORA Secretariat is to prepare and analyse financial accounts. 

     

     

  • Ms. Anishta Heemla Parsotim
    Administrative Assistant
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    Ms. Anishta Heemla Parsotim
    Ms. Anishta Heemla Parsotim
    Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Anishta Heemla Parsotim joined the IORA Secretariat in November 2017 as an Administrative Assistant.

    In addition to assisting the Secretary General and Directors, she is also responsible for the day-to-day administrative management of the Secretariat, including all administrative issues, budgeting and payments, engaging service providers for maintaining of the official vehicles and reception duties.

    Ms. Parsotim is also responsible for liaising with the Accountants regarding the annual Audit Report of the Secretariat and to assist in reporting to the Sub Committee on Finance during the Senior Official’s meetings that takes place bi-annually. She is also responsible for the logistical and travel arrangements, and provides assistance to the Secretary General and Directors.

     

  • Ms. Janishta Gopall
    Administrative Clerk
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    Ms. Janishta Gopall
    Ms. Janishta Gopall
    Administrative Clerk

    Ms. Janishta Gopall is a graduate from the University of Technology, Mauritius and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Safety Management. She is working as an Administrative Clerk and as a Receptionist at the Secretariat. 

  • Mr. Seewoogolam Seewoosagur
    Official Driver
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    Mr. Seewoogolam Seewoosagur
    Mr. Seewoogolam Seewoosagur
    Official Driver

    Mr. Seewoogolam Seewoosagur is the IORA Secretariat's official driver and is responsible for taking care of the official vehicle, maintaining and servicing them as required. He assists in dispatching correspondence and other office work, whenever required.

  • Mr. Intiaz Khodabocus
    Service Driver/Messenger
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    Mr. Intiaz Khodabocus
    Mr. Intiaz Khodabocus
    Service Driver/ Messenger

    Mr.  Intiaz Khodabocus assists office staff with filing, photocopies, binding, sending faxes, and the dispatching of correspondence. He performs the duties of driver or receptionist whenever required.

  • Mr. Makoon Ghaneswar
    General Worker
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    Mr. Makoon Ghaneswar
    Mr. Makoon Ghaneswar
    General Worker

    Mr. Makoon Ghaneswar is responsible for the cleanliness of the office premises and such other responsibilities as entrusted to him from time to time. He is also a caretaker of the office premises.

  • Mr. Raj Harel
    General Worker
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    Mr. Raj Harel
    Mr. Raj Harel
    General Worker

    Mr Raj Harel joined the IORA Secretariat in February 2019. He is responsible for the cleanliness of the office premises and such other responsibilities as entrusted to him from time to time. He is also a caretaker of the office premises.