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Support Staff

Support Staff is comprised of locally engaged staff assisting in 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 documentation of meetings, routing of mails received and sent, compiling of financial information, filing, archiving, records maintenance, and IT.  Each staff member has been assigned to departments such as Administrative, IT, Accounts and the office of the Secretary-General.

 

MALLAM HASSAM Sajid Mian
Support Staff
Mallam Hassam Sajid Mian Mr Sajid Mian Mallam Hassam joined IORA in March 2006 and is tasked with the responsibility of supervising staff and junior employees. He provides assistance to professional staff in correspondence relating to Council meetings and updates the status of IORA projects. He also helps in preparing documents relating to COM, CSO, IORAG & WGHM.

Sajid Mian Mallam Hassam earlier worked at 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.

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Shem P Pillay
Support Staff

Shem P Pillay


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SAUMTALLY Bibi Samima 
Support Staff

SAUMTALLY Bibi Samima Khodabocus Mrs Saumtally Bibi Samima joined IORA in March 2006 and is the Personal Secretary and is responsible in maintaining the diary for Secretary-General, providing relevant file and/or background documentation of all incoming correspondence to Secretary-General /Director (s). She is also responsible for routing of mails received in the office and sent out of the office to concerned persons.

Mrs Saumtally Bibi Samima, earlier worked as Secretary at Bryants London Lts from 1994 to 2005.

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Dr Shamimtaz Sadally
Coordinator

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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 her research findings published in international peer-reviewed journals. She won the Second prize for Best Research in the Award Ceremony for "Best Young Mauritian Scientist 2014 and Best Research for MRC Sponsored Post Graduates" in 2014 and the second Best Oral Presenter Award by the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) at the MRC Post-Graduate Conference in 2012. 

Dr. Sadally has been appointed as Coordinator to lead the Blue Economy Team at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) since January 2015. With the Blue Economy identified as a priority objective for IORA, it is expected that Dr Sadally will greatly contribute to the sustainable development of this important sector.

As the Coordinator tasked to lead the Blue Economy Team at the Secretariat, she has been analyzing the need and capacities of IORA Member States in terms of the Blue Economy, based on which she formulates projects and draft project proposals / concept notes to be implemented in Member States. She is also involved in the IORA Sustainable Development Programmes (ISDP) for Least Developed Countries, which aim at optimising benefits of all IORA Member States and enable LDCs to host events on specific topics based on their priorities.

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Ms Pooja Jhinni Awotar
Research Assistant 
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Ms Pooja Jhinni Awotar holds a BA in History and International Relations from the University of Mauritius. Passionate about Diplomacy, Ms. Awotar further pursued a Masters degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the American Graduate School (AGS) in Paris. She attended two Model United Nations Conferences in Barcelona in May 2012 and in London in February 2013 where she was commended for her performances being part of the RIO+20 committee as well as ASEAN.

Ms. Awotar started her career in Marketing and Communications at Sun Resorts, Le Matinal and Baker Tilly in Mauritius and thus giving her a wide experience in different sectors; hotel, media and finance.

Passionate about writing and literature, Ms. Awotar contributed to a few columns writing about globalization, secularization, geopolitics and religion. Her MA thesis entitled, "Tears of Tibet: A Case study of the Sino-Tibetan war," has been well received.

Ms. Awotar joined IORA in December 2016 as Research Assistant focusing on different priority areas such as, Trade and Investment, Tourism and Cultural Exchange; Academic, Science and Technology, as well as Women's Economic Empowerment. 

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Ms Kritika Nuckchady
Research Assistant 
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Ms Kritika Niddhi 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 helped with press releases. She 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 Research Assistant. Her main areas of focus are Maritime Safety and Security, Water Sustainability, Disaster Risk Management and Renewable Energy.


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SEEWOOGOLAM Seewoosagur
Driver
SEEWOOGOLAM Seewoosagur 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.
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KHODABOCUS Intiaz
General Worker
KHODABOCUS Intiaz Mr Khodabocus Intiaz assists office staff with filing, photocopies, binding, sending faxes, and the dispatching of correspondence.  He performs the duties of driver or receptionist whenever required.
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MAKOON Ghaneswar
Cleaner
MAKOON Ghaneswar Mr Makoon Ghaneswar is responsible for the cleanliness of the office premises and such other responsibilities as entrusted to him time to time.  He is also caretaker of the office premises.