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

Dr SUDDHOO Arjoon, FRAeS – Chairman

Dr Arjoon Suddhoo, FRAeS was appointed to the Board and elected Chairman on March 09, 2015. After winning the national Laureateship in 1978, Dr Suddhoo 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 eight years in the Company, he worked in close collaboration with Cambridge and Oxford Universities and MIT. In 1993, Dr Suddhoo was appointed 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 also been the Chairman of Air Mauritius Limited for the period 2001 to 2005. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow of the Mauritius Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Mauritius Academy of Sciences as well as Founding President and Fellow of the Aeronautical Society of Mauritius.

APPAVOU Somaskaran – Chief Executive Officer

Somaskaran (Somas) APPAVOU was appointed CEO of Air Mauritius on the 14th of July 2017.

Somas 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 has held leadership positions including Head of Supply Chain in Hamburg, Germany; 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, Somas 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, Somas has grown 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, Somas is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Born in Mauritius, Somas is a former student of «Le Lycée LaBourdonnais», he pursued his education at the « Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile and University of Toulouse, France» from which he obtained an M.Phil Degree in Aerospace and Air Transport Economics. Somas also holds a Master Degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Bordeaux, France.

Somas APPAVOU is a passionate pilot having obtained his license in 1999 and has a keen interests in Aquaculture and medicinal plants. He is married with two children.


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 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 holds a BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Science and Statistics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from SAID Business School, University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, UK. He was appointed to the Board on July 26, 2012.


Mr Ramprakash Maunthrooa is a 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 Maunthrooa has served as Managing Director of the Board of Investment. He has also been the Director General of the Mauritius Ports Authority and thereafter 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 in the region. He was appointed to the Board on February 05, 2015.


Mr Dev Manraj, G.O.S.K. 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. 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 Company 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 Ltd 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. He was appointed to the Board on March 09, 2015.

VEERASAMY Banoomatee

Mrs Banoomatee Veerasamy is Acting Managing Director of The State Investment Corporation Ltd (SIC), the investment arm of the Government of Mauritius. 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. She 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 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), Office Clean and DHR Training, the Director of ALTEO Milling Company and 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 Muhammad Yoosuf 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.

LOHANI Ashwani

Mr Ashwani Lohani is presently the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India. He earlier worked as the Managing Director and Commissioner Tourism, Government of Madhya Pradesh, CAO/IROAF, CME Northern Railway, DRM Delhi, Director of National Rail Museum, New Delhi, Director in the Ministry of Tourism Government of India, Chairman and Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation and other important assignments in railways. He is a life member of the Institute of Rolling Stock Engineers and the Museums Association of India and the Founder cum Working President of the Indian Steam Railway Society. He has written over a hundred articles and columns on a variety of subjects in magazines and newspapers of national repute. He was appointed to the Board on October 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

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

He has had 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 Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources, Ministry of Arts and Culture, Ministry of Youth and Sports, 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. Mr Ballah 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 was appointed to the Board on November 10, 2016.


Mr Derek Lam Po Tang is currently the Executive director of several companies of the Lampotang 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.


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 nineteen years advising corporate bodies, statutory bodies, local and International clients. She was appointed to the Board on May 04, 2017.


Mr Anwar Abbasakoor is a practicing 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.