Colonel Ahmed Thohir, psc, MSc, MBA, BIT

Colonel Ahmed Thohir is the Defence Advisor at the High Commission of Maldives in India. Colonel Thohir was born on 21st November 1971 in S. Hithadhoo, Addu City of Maldives. He joined Maldives National Defence Force in Feb 1992. Colonel Thohir completed his secondary education at English Preparatory and Secondary School, Male, Maldives.

During the past 28 years of service Colonel Thohir has held many command and staff appointments. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Principle Director of Administration and Personnel Service, (J1) at Integrated Headquarters of Maldives National Defence Force. He also held the post of Director of Service Corps, Commanding Officer of Research and Development Wing of MNDF. Other command appointments that Colonel Thohir held in the past include, Deputy Director, Strategic Communication Department of Ministry of Defence, Officer Commanding of Communication Electronics and Information Technology Service, Deputy Officer Commanding of Communication Electronics and Information Technology Service and Officer In-Charge of IT Department.

In his military career, Colonel Thohir has completed a number of military trainings abroad which includes Defence Services Command and Staff Course from Sri Lanka, Young Officer Signal Course from Military College of Signals, Pakistan, Officers Instructional Techniques Course from Malaysia, Operational Planning Course and Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism Course from USA.

Colonel Thohir also completed Executive Level trainings such as NESA, MPAT and participated in many leadership level seminars and workshops such Military Leadership Forum and Raisina Dialogue. He also has represented Maldives for Multinational Communication Interoperability Program of US PACOM from 2010 to 2012 and participated in a number of joint training exercises abroad.

Colonel Thohir completed Master of Business Administration with Specialization in Information System at University of Southern Queensland, Australia in 2008. He also holds a Master’s degree in Defence Strategic Management from Kothalawala Defence University, Sri Lanka. Colonel Thohir is also an alumnus of Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies of USA.

During his professional career as a Systems Analyst Colonel Thohir has also undertaken professional trainings such as Spectrum Management Training, Cisco Certified Network Associate Course, TVET Monitoring and Evaluation Course, Communication Training in Early Warning Systems Course.

Colonel Thohir also held appointments of Chairman,Vice Chairman and member of many boards of MNDF and represented MNDF as a Board Member at Maldives Qualifications Authority and Governing Board of Higher Education of Maldives.

Among his notable achievements, Colonel Thohir was the recipient of Presidents Award and has topped in several courses he completed. He has also received a total of 6 Commendations from Chief of Defence Force and has received Achievement Ribbon thrice. During his career, he has received a total of 19 Ribbons and 5 Medals.

Colonel Thohir is married to Mrs Aminath Shifza and is blessed with a daughter and a son.