Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed is a hafiz of the Qur’an, a licensed lawyer, and the Chancellor of Islamic University of Maldives (IUM). He resigned from his post as the Minister of State for Islamic Affairs of the Republic of Maldives in 2015 and left politics altogether in 2017. Dr Saeed was central to the establishment of the Maldives Hajj Corporation, the Maldives Islamic Bank Pvt Ltd, and a waqf fund. He is a member of the Shariah Advisory Council of the Central Bank of the Maldives. Dr Saeed has authored many articles and books on religious issues and has spoken at forums in nine countries. In July, 2018, Saeed was announced as the running mate of President Abdulla Yameen.