Board of Directors
	Board of Directors
The names and details of the current directors are set out below.

Dr. SUDDHOO Arjoon – Chairman

The Air Mauritius Board of Directors appointed Dr Arjoon Suddhoo as Board Director and elected him Chairman of the Board on 09 March 2015.

After winning the national Laureateship in 1978, Dr A Suddhoo started his higher education in England. He completed his Aeronautical Engineering course with First Class Honours at the University of Manchester and pursued his PhD in Aeronautics at the same University. He is also holder of an MBA with Distinction from the University of Liverpool. After his post-doctoral research at Manchester University, he was employed in 1986, as Research Scientist for Rolls-Royce Aerospace in UK. During his 8 years in the Company, he was promoted to Principal Scientist and Research Manager, contributing significantly to the Company Research and Development while working closely with responsibility for Company in-house and external Research and Development. During the same years, Dr Suddhoo worked in close collaboration with Cambridge and Oxford Universities and MIT.

In 1993, Dr Suddhoo returned to Mauritius to be employed as Head of Research and Planning by the Tertiary Education Commission and subsequently, in 1998, he assumed the post of Executive Director of the Mauritius Research Council, where he is currently.

Dr Suddhoo has been the Chairman of Air Mauritius for the period 2001 to 2005 and is currently the President of the Aeronautical Society of Mauritius. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow and Board Member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors and Fellow (Secretary) of the Mauritius Academy of Sciences. He was also appointed Visiting Professor, Chair in Innovation, Queens University, Ireland.

RIVALLAND Louis

Mr Louis Rivalland is currently the Group Chief Executive of Swan General Ltd and Swan Life Ltd. He was previously part of the management team of Commercial Union in South Africa and conducted several assignments for Commercial Union in Europe. He then worked as Actuary and Consultant for Watson Wyatt Worldwide.

He is a former President of the Joint Economic Council and of the Insurers’ Association of Mauritius. He has played an active role in the development of risk management, investments, insurance and pensions in Mauritius having chaired or been part of various technical committees in these fields.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Science and Statistics, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, UK. He was appointed to the Board on 26 July 2012.

VILJOEN Andries Nathaniel - Chief Executive Officer

Mr Andries Nathaniel Viljoen is the Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed to the board on 21 July 2011. He joined the Company in April 2009 as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer. Apart from his degrees in the commercial and financial fields, he is also a Chartered Accountant (SA). Mr Viljoen is a seasoned airline executive with more than 32 years airline leadership experience. His experience includes the 15 years he spent with Comair/British Airways as Finance and Commercial Director and the 8 years he spent at South African Airways initially as Chief Financial Officer and then as President and Chief Executive Officer.

NANDAN Rohit

Mr Rohit Nandan took charge of Air India Ltd as Chairman & Managing Director on 12 August 2011. He was appointed to the Board on 12 August 2011. He was earlier Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Delhi and belongs to Service Cadre of “IAS/Uttar Pradesh/1982 batch. Prior to Civil Aviation Ministry, he was holding the post of Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

RACHOU Etienne

Mr Etienne Rachou was appointed to the Board on 07 November 2013. After graduating from the HEC Business School, he began his career in 1979 with the Air France Group. In 1987, he was appointed Vice President Sales, Air France for the Paris region. He became Air France Regional Manager for United Kingdom and Ireland in April 1996 before becoming Air France Senior Vice President, Europe & North Africa, on 30 June 1998. Mr E Rachou was promoted Air France Senior Vice President, Africa & Middle East, on 1 July 2007 and he was made Senior Vice President Africa & Middle East, Air France KLM on 1 September 2008. He was appointed Deputy Executive Vice President International & The Netherlands, Air France KLM on 1 January 2010, and became a member of the Air France Executive Committee. As from July 2013, Mr E Rachou became Head of the Alliances Air France and Project Manager Alliances, Air France / KLM Group.

ESPITALIER-NOËL Philippe

Mr Philippe Espitalier-Noël was appointed to the Board on 9 October 2000. He is currently the Chief Executive for Rogers & Company Limited, one of the largest listed conglomerates in Mauritius. He holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal in South Africa and an MBA from the London Business School. He worked for CSC Index in London as Management Consultant between 1994 and 1997.

MAUNTHROOA Ramprakash

Mr Ramprakash Maunthrooa is currently Senior Adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office. He is also the representative of the Prime Minister’s Office on the Board of Investment. Mr Ramprakash Maunthrooa has served as the Managing Director of the Board of Investment. He has also been the Director General of the Mauritius Ports Authority and subsequently served as Chairman of the organization from 2000 to 2003. He has also worked as a freelance Consultant as a port specialist and subsequently as an Investment and Management Consultant both in Mauritius and the region.

WOO SHING HAI Francois, GOSK


Mr François Woo Shing Hai, GOSK was appointed to the Board of Air Mauritius Limited on 14 August, 2009 and is currently the Group Managing Director of Compagnie Mauricienne de Textile Ltée, industry leader in fashionwear manufacture. He received the prestigious award “Entrepreneur of the Year 2002”. Mr Woo was appointed by the Chairman of the World Bank and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund as adviser to the President of the Republic of Senegal. In year 2006, he was conferred the academic title of Honorary Fellowship in Management by the University of Mauritius.

MANRAJ Dev, GOSK


Mr Dev Manraj, GOSK holds a Post-graduate Diploma in International Management from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) from Switzerland and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Mr Manraj has an extensive portfolio of experience, developed from the start of his career, predominantly within the public and semi-governmental spheres in Mauritius. Between 1974 and 1998, he occupied various positions within the Ministry of Finance, ranging from Senior Accountant at the outset to Financial Secretary in 1990. He has been involved in the drafting of Budget Speeches, formulation of Capital and Recurrent budgets and fiscal policies. In 2000, Mr Manraj also served as Advisor to the Prime Minister and as Senior Advisor in 2012.

Mr Manraj has also served as Chairman of the State Bank of Mauritius (SBM), the State Insurance Cooperation of Mauritius Ltd (SICOM), the Mauritius Offshore Business Activities Authority (MOBAA), Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd and Business Parks of Mauritius Ltd (BPML).

He has been actively involved in most of the major projects in Mauritius, including the Ebene Cybercity. He contributed in the setting up of the Financial Services Commission, the Mauritius Leasing Company Ltd, the National Transport Corporation and the State Investment Corporation amongst others. In addition, Mr Manraj was previously appointed Director of the Board of Investment (BOI), the Mauritius Sugar Authority and the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation at different intervals in his career.

SEEBALUCK Sateeaved, GOSK


Mr Sateeaved Seebaluck, GOSK is presently the Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service.

Mr Seebaluck attended the Royal College Port Louis before proceeding to Delhi University for higher studies where he obtained the degree of BA (Hons) Economics. He is also holder of a Diploma in Public Administration and Management from the University of Mauritius.

He joined the Civil Service in January 1976 as Economist at the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development and shortly after joined the Administrative Cadre at the Ministry of Finance. He was promoted to the position of Principal Assistant Secretary in 1990 and in 2000 he was appointed Permanent Secretary. He served various Ministries and has been Chairman and Director of many Boards and Statutory Committees during his career.

While serving at the Ministry of Environment, Mr. Seebaluck pioneered Sustainable Development and organized the International Conference on Small Islands Developing States in 2005. He attended several environmental summits and conferences and was the main negotiator for Mauritius of various Multilateral Environmental Agreements. He is recipient of several International Awards on the environment.

In 2010, he was promoted Senior Chief Executive and was posted to the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms. He has been awarded Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK) by the President of the Republic on 12 March 2015 for contribution in the public service and for the protection of the environment.

FONG WENG - POORUN Kan Oye


Mrs Kan Oye Fong Weng – Poorun is presently Senior Chief Executive of the Ministry of Tourism and External Communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Administration.

She has a long career in the public service and has acquired vast experience in public administration and management in different ministries such as Ministry of Works (1979-1992), Ministry of Health (1992-1994), Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Postal Services (1994-1997), Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Public Safety (1997-2001), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources (2001-2003) and Ministry of Housing & Lands (2003-2005), the Prime Minister’s Office (Home Affairs) (2005-2014) where she was appointed Senior Chief Executive in March 2012. In January 2015 she joined the Ministry of Tourism and External Communications.

She was conferred “Chevalier dans l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur” in July 2011 by the President of the Republic of France and in 2014 she was honoured Citoyenneté d’Honneur in Rodrigues and also received the Exemplary Women Leadership Award at the Africa India Partnership Summit 2014.

VEERASAMY Banoomatee


Mrs Banoomatee Veerasamy is Acting Managing Director of The State Investment Corporation Ltd (SIC), the Investment Arm of Government. She has 30 years experience as Director on a number of Boards where Government holds a stake. She has a strong background in strategic investment, having managed the SIC’s portfolio of wholly- and partly-owned Government businesses. She is the Executive Director of Prime Partners Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of the SIC, serving as Corporate Secretary to subsidiaries/associates of SIC and other companies. A qualified stockbroker, Mrs Veerasamy has managed Prime Securities Ltd and has assisted in the inception of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM), of which she was also a member. A Fellow of the ICSA, Mrs Veerasamy also holds a Masters degree in law from the University of London.

HEIN Marc, GOSK


Mr Marc Hein, GOSK founder and Head of Practice of Juristconsult Chambers was born and raised in Mauritius and is a graduate of Gray’s Inn School of Law in London. Mr Hein started practicing law in 1980 at the Chambers of Sir Raymond Hein, Q.C. joining then a practice dating since 1927. Mr Hein was elected to the Mauritius Parliament in 1983 and was a member of Parliament until 1987. Marc Hein was also Chairman of the Mauritius Bar Council in 1992. He established Juristconsult in 1992 which has been thriving since, as a leading business law firm. Marc Hein is currently the Editor of the Mauritius Business Law Review and represents local and international clients on numerous cross border transactions.

Marc Hein was appointed as the first Enforcer of Global Finance Mauritius (GFM). He was also the Chairperson of the National Economic and Social Council of Mauritius. From early 2012 to June 2014, Marc Hein was Chairperson of the board of the Financial Services Commission.

In 2013, Marc Hein has been awarded the title ‘Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean’ (GOSK) for his contribution to the legal and financial sectors.

MACKAY Daniel


Mr Daniel Mackay has worked for 33 years at Air France SA where he has had various functions, including being a member of the Audit Committee and Strategic Committee. Mr Mackay has solid experience in Corporate Governance, Board of Directors and its Committees, good knowledge in human resources and in social skills related to the activities of global air transport.

MUNGROO Bissoon, GOSK


Mr Mungroo, GOSK is the President of the Association of Hotels de Charme de l’ile Maurice, President of the Rashitriya Sanatan Dharma Mandir Sangathan and the Chairman and Managing Director of Manisa Hotel (Mauritius) and Le Flamboyant Hotel. He is the Managing Director of Mungroo & Sons Ltd (Transport), Gitanjali Co ltd (Transport), the Director of Alteo Milling Company and the Managing Director of Office Clean and DHR Training.

Muhammad Yoosouf Salemohamed.



NOORAULLY Fooad - Company Secretary


Mr Fooad Nooraully is the Executive Vice President-Legal, Corporate Communications & Company Secretary. He was formerly the Company Secretary & General Counsel. He joined the Company in April 2001. Barrister-at-law by profession, he is in charge of the Legal Department, Corporate Communications and Company Secretariat. A former State Counsel and Lecturer in law at the University of Mauritius, he holds a Masters in Commercial Law from the University of Birmingham.