Dr.Aly Shameem

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Aly Shameem, alias Alysh, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Arts, Maldives National University. He teaches political science and international relations courses. Currently, he specializes in global change issues such as climate change, ocean governance, island diplomacy, maritime security, and geopolitics. Before joining as a permanent faculty member, Dr. Shameem was a part-time lecturer for about 14 years teaching four different faculties.

Dr. Shameem holds a Doctor of Philosophy in International Environment and Development Relations from the International Global Change Institute of New Zealand, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Dalhousie University in Canada, and a Bachelor of Arts in double major, Politics and Management from the University of South Pacific. 

The official positions he held until July 2020 was the Head of Civil Service of Maldives. He had previously been a State Commissioner for Judicial Service Commission and Human Rights Commission of Maldives. He also served the Maldives Parliament (People’s Majlis) as the Deputy Secretary General for five years.

Before joining the Parliament, Dr. Shameem served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives as a diplomat and foreign serviceman, where he was a delegate accredited to the United Nations on several occasions. He had represented his country at numerous international conferences and forums including the Commonwealth, South Asia Association of Regional Cooperation, Organization of Islamic Conference, Inter-Parliamentary Union, and Non-Aligned Movement.

In 2015, Dr. Shameem was conferred with the Maldives National Award of Recognition for his social work and community education. Regional Alliance for Fostering Youth (Maldives) also recognized his voluntary services for youth empowerment and awarded him Asia’s Transformer Award in 2017. He was conferred with the Peace Award by an Indian NGO called International Youth Committee in 2018 in recognition of his services to youth leadership development. Dr. Shameem was a Research Fellow at the Royal Institution of Singapore, from 2016 to 2017.