Our Company

We are a public-private partnership of the Maldivian Government and GMR Group (headquartered in India) and Malaysia Airports. The consortium's aim is to develop Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) into a global standard airport by the year 2014, having got a lease to maintain the airport for 25 years. We have registered GMR Male International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (GMIAL) as the company for implementation of the project.

Board Members
  • Mr. G. M. Rao
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    Mr. G. M. Rao Mr. G. M. Rao , a mechanical engineer by profession, is the founder Chairman of GMR Group, a leading infrastructure developer in the country. The Group is well diversified and professionally managed with focus on business verticals of Energy, Urban Infrastructure and Highways including SEZ, Airports and Agri-business.

    Born on July 14, 1950 in a small town of Rajam in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, G M Rao established the GMR business empire starting from a single jute mill in Rajam in 1978.

    A visionary businessman, G M Rao recognized the huge business potential in entering the infrastructure space, with the opening up of the power sector in the 90s in India. Within a span of a decade, he successfully established three greenfield power plants in the country, one each in the state of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Under his guidance, the Group is now developing several power projects in various parts of the country.

    G M Rao expanded the Group's presence in the infrastructure sector by leading the Group's foray into Roads, The Group has already completed two Greenfield road projects and four more projects are under various stages of implementation. Realizing that Airports will drive the economy in the 21st century, G M Rao spearheaded the Group's entry into the high profile airport business. Under his leadership the Group commissioned the new Greenfield, Rajiv Gandhi International airport on 23rd March, 2008, in Hyderabad, and also the brand new International airport in Delhi was completed and opened in time for the Common Wealth Games in 2010.

    Under G M Rao's visionary leadership, the Group bagged its first global project by winning the bid to modernise the SabihaGokcen International (SGA) airport at Istanbul, Turkey and also ventured into the new business sector of Urban Infrastructure. The Group will set up a 3300 acre multi-product SEZ in Krishnagiri District of Tamil Nadu.

    G M Rao has today successfully established GMR Group, as one of the leading infrastructure organisations in the country. His commitment to the core infrastructure sector has resulted in the Group exiting some of the highly lucrative businesses of banking, insurance, breweries and jute. Rao was the largest shareholder in the country's leading 75-year-old private sector Vysya Bank, which has been successfully transformed into a modern technology driven and hugely successful financial enterprise. For his visionary approach and outstanding contribution to ING Vysya Bank for a period of two decades as its Director and Chairman, the Bank in September 2006 conferred on him the status and title of 'Chairman Emeritus'.

    He was chosen as the 'Entrepreneur of the year' at the Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence 2006 - 07 this year. The award has been given to him in recognition of his exemplary entrepreneurial spirit and potential in breaking into the big league of top infrastructure organizations in India. Besides infrastructure, the other focus area for the GMR Group is Agri-business. The Group already has a sugar plant in Andhra Pradesh and is coming up with another in the state of Karnataka. The existing plant provides livelihood for over 25000 farmers from 500 villages of the region in one form or the other.

    With a strong desire to serve the needs of the marginalized sections and the rural society, Rao set up the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, to raise their living standards. The Foundation is active in the areas of education, health and hygiene, community development and empowerment of rural youth.

    To face the challenges of tomorrow and meet the future needs of a fast developing country like India, G M Rao has laid a strong emphasis in building a transparent and system driven organization. While a set of seven core values define the GMR Group's distinct organization culture, Rao has also spearheaded a "Family Constitution" model for the group. The aim of this is to ensure a smooth transition of business from generation to generation, and enable professionals to discharge their rightful roles in the growth and development of the Group. In line with this, over a period of time, the members of the family would provide only the strategic inputs and investment needs and counseling for all the businesses and activities of the Group. G M Rao's thrust is on combining the best of entrepreneurial spirit with a dynamic team of professional managers who work in an enabling and vibrant organisational culture, to sustain and consistently meet his vision for the Group of 'Building Entrepreneurial organisations that make a difference to society through Creation of Value'.

  • Mr. G. Kiran Kumar
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    Mr. G. Kiran Kumar Mr. Kiran Kumar Grandhi entered the family business in 1996 at the age of 21 and formally joined the Group as its Director in 1998. He has since worked on key strategic assignments which were crucial in transforming the Group into a leading infrastructure power-house of the country. These include: driving the strategic tie-ups with PSEG Global Inc. for TanirBavi Power Project; the life insurance joint venture with ING and Vysya Bank (that the company has exited); the joint venture with Malaysia Airports Holdings, Berhad for GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) project; and with United Engineers of Malaysia for bidding the Golden Quadrilateral projects.

    He also played a significant role in helping the Group bag two of the annuity road projects at competitive rates benchmarked by the industry. His next major contribution came by way of enabling the Group to emerge as the preferred bidder and subsequently the developer of the Greenfield GMR Hyderabad International Airport.

    Kiran is also MD, GHIAL and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). Under his leadership, the new Greenfield, Rajiv Gandhi International airport was commissioned on schedule on 23rd March, 2008, in Hyderabad. As MD, DIAL, he was responsible for completing the brand new international airport in Delhi in time for the Common Wealth Games in 2010. That apart, as Chairman, Airports Business, he is also heading the Group’s Airport Business Development division and Aviation SEZs.

  • Mr. P. Sripathy
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    Mr.sripathy Mr. Sripathy  is presently leading GMR’s International Airports Business. Apart from overseeing operations and developmental activities at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Istanbul and Malé International Airport, Maldives, he is anchoring the Business Development activities for group’s international airports.

    Prior to this he was CEO for the Hyderabad International Airport Limited, India’s first true Public Private Partnership project in the aviation industry, which owns and operates the Greenfield state of the art Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, near Hyderabad.

    He brings in a wealth of over 35 years of rich and varied professional experience in design, construction, project management and administration of major infrastructure and building projects. He has a proven track record in building-up and directing multi-disciplinary, multi-nationality teams to deliver highly complex, high value projects on-time, within budget and with excellent safety and quality records. Throughout the course of his career he has bagged several awards like

    • Outstanding Achievement Award by Land Transport Authority, Singapore
    • Oscar Faber Award by Institution of Structural Engineers, UK
    • Parkman Medal by Institution of Civil Engineers, UK

  • Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Bin Abdul Majid
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    Mr. Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Bin Abdul Majid  Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Bin Abdul Majid

    Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Bin Abdul Majid is currently the Managing Director of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB). He is a member of the Board of Finance and Investment Committee. He chairs the Board of Malaysia Airports (Niaga) Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia Airports Capital Berhad and Malaysia Airports Capital (Labuan) Limited, as well as a member on the Board of K.L. Airport Hotel Sdn. Bhd. and MAHB (Mauritius) Pte Ltd., all are wholly-owned subsidiaries of MAHB.

    Prior to his present employment, he has held various senior positions in Malaysian Airline System Berhad (“MAS”) throughout a period of 29 years, which includes Director of Corporate Planning, Commercial Director, Senior Vice-President Commercial and Executive Vice-President Airline. He was also appointed as the Aviation Advisor to the Ministry of Transport.

    He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) majoring in International Relations from University of Malaya.

    Tan Sri Bashir currently sits on the Board of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited and Delhi International Airport Private Limited, Istanbul SabihaGokcen Int. Airport Group and GMR Male Int. Airport Ltd. He is the current President of the Asia-Pacific ACI (Airports Council International) and also sits in the World Governing Board of ACI.

  • Mr. Sidharath Kapur
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    Sidharath-KapurMr. Sidharath Kapur is the Chief Financial Officer of Airports Sector of the GMR Group. He has extensive experience of 24 years of in financial services and corporate finance. He has expertise in evaluation & assessment of projects, developing financial models and project execution, management of the entire Investment Banking operations including public issues-Equity, debt finance, project finance and loan syndication. He also has experience in mergers, privatisation, acquisitions and take-overs and handling of stressed assets.

    Mr. Sidharath Kapur is a qualified rank holder Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary. He also holds Diploma in Merchant Banking and Financial Services-Part A, from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) and degree in Global Advanced Management Programme from the Indian School of Business &Kellog School of Management.

  • Mr. P. S. Nair
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    Mr.P_S_NairMr. P. S. Nair is a Master of Arts in Political Science /Public Administration with a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management from Leeds University, UK, Mr. P.S. Nair has over 37 years of diverse experience in the airport sector - both in the public and private domains.

    He has held several senior positions such as Airport Director of Trivandrum, Mumbai and Delhi Airports, Executive Director of Cargo, Commercial and Key Infrastructure Development departments overseeing the respective functions on a pan-India basis with the Airports Authority of India.

    He has been ex-Officio Director on the Board of Directors of Hotel Leela Venture and Radisson Hotel. Mr. Nair has also served in several High Level Task Forces, Committees, Working Groups and Advisory Committees formed by the Government of India on various facets of Civil Aviation.

    At GMR Group, he has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of GMR Hyderabad International Airport, India’s first Greenfield airport to be built under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative. He played an instrumental role in successful commissioning of the Hyderabad international airport ahead of schedule. He was the CEO of Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. responsible for the operation, overall management of the country’s busiest IGI airport as well as operational readiness, integration and successful commissioning of the state-of-the-art, new Terminal 3 by mid 2010. Mr. Nair is also a Director on the Board of several other GMR led Airport Joint Venture Companies.

    Mr. Nair was also elected as a Director of the Airport Council International (apex body of global Airports) Regional Board for the Asia Pacific Region

  • Mr. RSSLN Bhaskarudu
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    Mr. RSSLN BhaskaruduMr. Bhaskarudu holds engineering degree in Electrical (First class with Honours) and has a history of remarkable accomplishments and effective management and leadership skills spanning 45 years in the industry and Government.

    He has served over 22 years at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). During his tenure in BHEL he was involved in the development and manufacturing of small and large power generating equipments viz., turbines, generators, power house auxiliaries, etc., and supplied all over the country, for the various power plants.

    He has served for 16 years at MarutiUdyog Limited (MUL). He held the post of Managing Director of MarutiUdyog Limited. His involvement with MUL had been since its inception and he had played a key role in the organization’s good performance, good work culture, high productivity, vendor development, supply management, achievement of best results, etc., from 1983 to 1999 in all the fields of the Company.

    He has also served as a Member/Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board of the Government of India for about six years in selecting and recommending the board level executives (Directors and CMDs) for the various public sector companies.

    He was a member of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee for the public sector companies.

    In addition of being an independent director and member of the audit committees on few of the Companies, he is also an independent external monitor for Indian Oil Corporation and also for Power Grid Corporation of India.

  • Mr.Dato' Abd Hamid Mohd Ali
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    Mr. Dato_Abdul_Hamid_Mohd_AliMr. Dato’ Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali is the Chief Operating Officer of MAHB. Aged 55, he holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Glasgow and Masters of Science Degree in Airport Planning and Management from Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom. He has extensive years of experience in airport planning, development, operations and maintenance throughout his 29 years of service in aviation, including setting up many MAHB joint ventures both local and abroad. He was also involved in the consultancy and management services of other airports in the Middle East and Central Asia. He was formerly the Chairman of Operations and Development Committee for SabihaGokcen Airport, Turkey when the airport was constructed in 2009. As a civil engineer, he has acquired extensive experience in fast track projects, with the latest being the construction of Klia2. He has held several senior posts at DCA, KLIAB and MAHB, and his previous position before attaining the current position was Senior General Manager of Technical Services, MAHB.


www.gmrgroup.co.in GMR Group is a Bangalore headquartered global infrastructure major with interests in Airports, Energy, Highways and Urban Infrastructure (including SEZ). Founded in 1978, by its Chairman G.M. Rao, the Group has grown into a well diversified and professionally managed organisation. Employing the public-private partnership model, the Group has successfully implemented several infrastructure projects and is in the process of developing several others, both in India and abroad

www.malaysiaairports.com.my Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) was incorporated as a public limited company in November 1999 and was thereafter listed on the Main Board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, becoming the first airport operating company to be listed in Asia and the sixth in the world. MAHB currently operates and manages 38 commercial airports in Malaysia, of which 5 are major international airports including the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The core activities include the management, operation and maintenance as well as development of airports, with primary importance being placed on the operational efficiency, safety and security of passengers, cargo and aircraft operations.

Management Team
  • Mr. Andrew A Harrison
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    Andrew-A-Harrison.jpg Mr. Andrew A Harrison – Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for strategic direction, management, and administration of the Airport. He is responsible to plan, direct, and coordinate the work operations and implement policies and directives of the Authority Board. He maintains flexible controls and oversee sound operating procedures to ensure the responsible, safe, and financially sound operations of the Airport

  • Mr. TSSVL Narayana
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    Mr.TSSVL-Narayana.jpg Mr. TSSVL Narayana – Chief Financial Officer, oversees all company accounting practices, including accounting departments, preparing budgets, financial reports, tax and audit functions

  • Mr. Prasad Gopalan
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    Mr.Prasad-GopalanMr. Prasad Gopalan – Chief Commercial Officer, is responsible for areas such as sales management, product development, distribution channel management, marketing communications (including advertising and promotions), pricing, market research, and customer service

  • Mr.Subash Murikenchery
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    Mr. Subash-Murikenchery  Mr.Subash Murikenchery - Head of Ground Operations, manages matters related to passenger, baggage, and cargo handling operations at the airport.

  • Mr. Mahmud FauziKadir
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    Mahmud-FauziKadir.jpgMr. Mahmud FauziKadir - Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for areas such as Terminal Services, Maintenance Services , Aerodrome and NAV AIDS, Mechanical Services, ARFF and also Facilitation and Standards

  • Ms. Mahika W Chandrasena
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    Mahika-W-Chandrasena.jpgMs. Mahika W Chandrasena - Head of Corporate Communication, is responsible for all written communications, including electronic and print communications with staff, contributions to company publications, marketing materials, websites and client/community engagement communications. Provides strategic counsel to build and protect corporate brand name and image. Principle contact for media relations.

  • Mr.Mohamed Solih
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    Mr. Mohamed-SolihMr.Mohamed Solih, is in charge of Safety and Compliance for the whole airport, including the airport emergency planning unit

  • Ms.Quraisha Ismail
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    Mr. Quraisha-Ismail Ms.Quraisha Ismail - Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, is a subject-matter expert responsible for ensuring that GMIAL achieves substantive improvements in its ongoing commitment to become a more sustainable and socially responsible company. She coordinates overall environmental efforts; acts as lead staff on specific green and CSR initiatives; is the project lead for the interdisciplinary companywide green team; represents GMIAL externally; and manages relationships with external parties and consultants.

  • Mr. Ravi Kumar C
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    Mr. Ravi-Kumar Mr. Ravi Kumar C - Head of Human Resource Management, is responsible for the matters related to organizational training, recruitment and selection of candidates is looked after by the general manager. He actively participates in the feedback session and performance evaluation of the employees.