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

APPAVOU Somas – Chief Executive Officer

Mr Somas Appavou was appointed CEO of Air Mauritius on July 14, 2017. He has over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry and has worked in key global markets. He started his career in the Strategic Planning Department of Air Mauritius. He then joined Airbus where he held leadership positions including Head of Supply Chain in Hamburg, Germany and Regional Sales Director for Subcontinent-India and Africa. He was appointed Senior Sales Director, Middle East and Africa in 2009, a position he held until July 2017. In this capacity, Mr Appavou was in charge of mounting market presence and supporting the growth of established airlines and the development of new airlines in Africa. He is well versed in forming new business and industrial partnerships along with providing global functional support.

During the past ten years, Mr Appavou grew Airbus commercial reach exponentially by selling over 200 aircraft to various customers around the world.

Holder of multiple awards in Innovative Aircraft Financing Structure, Process Improvement and Aircraft Economics, he is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Mr Appavou holds a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Bordeaux in France, an M.Phil in Aerospace and Air Transport Economics from the École Nationale d’Aviation Civile in Toulouse, France.

Mr Appavou is a passionate pilot having obtained his licence in 1999 and enjoys flying as leisure.

LOHANI Ashwani


Mr Philippe Espitalier-Noël was appointed to the Board on October 09, 2000. He is currently the Chief Executive of 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. Mr Espitalier-Noël also presides over the Business Mauritius Sustainability and Inclusive Growth Commission.


Mr Louis Rivalland is currently the Group Chief Executive of Swan Insurance and Anglo Mauritius Assurance. He was previously part of the management team of Commercial Union in South Africa. 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 is a Board member of the Mauritius Revenue Authority. He has played an active role in the development of risk management, insurance and pensions in Mauritius having chaired or been part of various technical committees in these areas. 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 July 26, 2012.


Mr Maunthrooa is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators – UK (FCIS) and a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport – UK (FCIT). Mr Maunthrooa has spent more than two decades in the port sector. He was Director General of the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) up to October 1998. He has also served as Chairman of the MPA from October 2000 to November 2003.

Mr Maunthrooa was also the Managing Director of the Board of Investment during the period 2010/2011.

Mr Maunthrooa works as Senior Adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) since January 2015 and also serves on the Board of State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) Holdings Ltd, SBM (NBFC) Holdings Ltd, SBM (Bank) Holdings Ltd, SBM (NFC) Holdings Ltd and State Insurance Company of Mauritius (SICOM). He was appointed to the Board on February 05, 2015.


Mr Manraj, G.O.S.K. , is currently the Financial Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of the Government of the Republic of Mauritius. Mr Manraj is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and holds a Diploma in International Management Development from (IMD) Lausanne, Switzerland.

During his career, predominantly within the public and semi- governmental spheres in Mauritius, he has contributed on a large scale to the socio-economic development of the country.

Mr Manraj has participated in the negotiations leading to the signature of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements with several countries. He has also attended numerous discussions and consultative meetings with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund as well as other key international institutions.

As Financial Secretary, Mr Manraj has also concluded “G to G” agreements with various African countries such as Ghana, Senegal and Ivory Coast on behalf of the Mauritius Africa Fund.

He has, additionally, successfully negotiated, on behalf of the Republic of Mauritius, for the obtention of concessional financing and grant from India and China to implement major national infrastructure projects.

Mr Manraj has likewise participated actively in the implementation of major projects in Mauritius such as the Ebene Cyber City project and the setting up of numerous public sector organisations including the State Investment Corporation (SIC), State Informatics Ltd (SIL), the former Mauritius Offshore Business Activities Authority, the National Computer Board, the Board of Investment, Business Parks of Mauritius Ltd amongst others. Mr Manraj has also been a Visitor of the University of Mauritius. He was appointed to the Board on March 09, 2015.

MUNGROO Bissoon, G.O.S.K.

Mr Mungroo, G.O.S.K. is the President of the Association of Hotels de Charme de l’ile Maurice, President of the Rashitriya Sanatan Dharma Mandir Sangathan, Trustee/Founder Member of Mangal Mahadev Foundation 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), Director of ALTEO Milling Company and the Managing Director of Office Clean and DHR Training. He is a Member of the School Management Committee, MITD Ecole Hôtelière Sir Gaëtan Duval. He was appointed to the Board on April 10, 2015.

SALEMOHAMED Muhammad Yoosuf

Mr Salemohamed started his career in a chartered accountants firm where he obtained training in Accounting and Auditing. He joined a vertically integrated textile manufacturing Company as accountant in 1975 and ended his career there as General Manager. He has been associated in various textile activities since 1975 to date. He is a past president of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry, past Chairman of the Mauritius College of the Air, past president of the MEFPA. He has also been a Director of the Development Bank of Mauritius, a member of the Petroleum Pricing Committee and an adviser to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. He is presently the Chairman of Enterprise Mauritius and a Board member of the Islamic Cultural Centre Trust Fund Board. He was appointed to the Board on July 30, 2015.

ROUX Patrick

Mr Patrick Roux is a graduate from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris. He began his career at Air France in 1990. In 1992, he joined the Revenue Management Team at Paris headquarters where he was in charge of implementing the first yield management tool. After having implemented the merger with Air Inter, he became, in 1998, Head of Pricing and Revenue Management for all short and medium haul flights. In November 1999, he became Head of the Air France CEO’s Executive Cabinet, until 2002, when he became the worldwide Marketing Director of Air France.

In 2008, his responsibilities were expanded when he was appointed Senior Vice-President of Marketing for Air France-KLM. In September 2010, he became Senior Vice-President Air France-KLM for the American Continent based in New York. In September 2013, he was appointed Senior Vice President Air France-KLM for Asia Pacific, and Senior Vice President Alliances Air France-KLM as from February 01, 2016. He was appointed to the Board on January 22, 2016.

BALLAH Nayen Koomar, G.O.S.K.

Nayen Koomar Ballah, G.O.S.K. was appointed Secretary for Home Affairs on January 01, 2015 and Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service on September 16, 2016.

He holds a Diploma in Public Administration and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English.

He has a long career in the public service and has been the Secretary of the Public Service Commission and the Disciplined Forces Service Commission. He has served in senior positions in various Ministries such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources, Ministry of Arts and Culture, Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Land Transport and Shipping, and the Prime Minister’s Office. He has also served as chairperson and member on various boards and committees and is currently the Chairperson of the State Bank of Mauritius Ltd, Mauritius Telecom, the Mauritius Revenue Authority and Multi-Carrier (Mauritius) Ltd, and Director on the Board of Mauritius Duty Free Paradise Co. Ltd.

He was conferred the award of Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean ( G.O.S.K .) by the President of the Republic of Mauritius on March 12, 2018 for distinguished service in the public sector. He was appointed to the Board on November 10, 2016.


Mrs Ammanah Ragavoodoo holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom since 1996. Having successfully completed the Vocational Examinations held by the Council of Legal Education in 1997, she was admitted as an Attorney in December 1998 and became a Member of the Mauritius Law Society. She has been in private practice for the last twenty years advising corporate bodies, statutory bodies, local and International clients. She is also a Board Member of the Financial Intelligence Unit. She was appointed to the Board on May 04, 2017.


Mr Anwar Abbasakoor is a practising Attorney-at-Law. He qualified as an Attorney at Law in April 1989 and has since then been exercising in the general practice of law in various fields including constitutional, political, administrative, family, tax, corporate, real estate, business, industrial, commercial, bankruptcy, insolvency, environmental and intellectual property laws. Over the past 28 years, he has been working with a widely diverse portfolio of clients ranging from local and foreign private individuals to corporate entities in Mauritius, few foreign corporate entities, NGOs, parastatal bodies, parastatal corporate entities and an autonomous regional government namely the Rodrigues Regional Assembly. He has also been a Lecturer in Law at the Council of Legal Education for three years. He is currently an Independent Practitioner whilst working in close collaboration with various other law firms and barristers’ chambers. He was appointed to the Board on May 04, 2017.


Mr Derek Lam Po Tang is currently the Executive Director of several companies of the Lam Po Tang Group. He has over 25 years of management experience both in trading and manufacturing sector. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with Honours from Washington State University in USA. He was appointed to the Board on May 04, 2017.

GOBURDHUN Goolabchund