Brigadier General Wais Waheed was born on 1st October 1969 in Male’ the capital of the Republic of Maldives. After completing his secondary education He joined the Maldives National Defence Force on 19th June 1989, and was commissioned 08 years later. He did his initial military training from the Sri Lankan Military Academy. General Wais Waheed was appointed as the Commandant of Marine Corps on 1st February 2018 and it was an additional duty to his current appointment of Commanding Officer to the College of Defence and Security Studies. Recently he was appointed as the Commander of Southern Area.
BG Wais Waheed is a graduate of Army Staff College, Bangladesh where he was awarded with Master of Defence Studies from the Bangladesh National University. Among the other military education he had attended include International Counter Terrorism Fellows Program at National Defence University, USA, Young Officer’s Infantry Course and Basic Staff Course in Pakistan and Infantry Advance Course in USA. Asia Pacific Enhanced Peace Operations Logistics Planning Seminar in Mongolia, Regional Lessons Learned Workshop in Indonesia, Pacific Area Senior Officer Logistics Seminar (PASOLS) held in Thailand and China, PASOL planning group workshop held in Malaysia and Australia, PASOLS project development committee meeting held in New Zealand and US, Regional Course on Disaster Management in Thailand, MPAT Tempest Express Events held in Cambodia and Singapore, Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS) held in Malaysia, and 10th International Research Conference (IRC) held in Sri Lanka are among the notable seminars, conferences and meetings the General has attended. He is also a fellow of Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) and Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA).
During his ongoing tenure of service he has held various command and staff appointments including the Administrative Officer of the Office of the Chief of Staff, Second-in-Command and Commanding Officer of Catering Service, Second-in-Command of Support Battalion II and Assistant Commanding Officer of Special Protection Group, and as Principal Director, Directorate of Logistics and Engineering. He was also a member of the Disaster Management Relief Committee, formulated by the government after the destructive Tsunami which hit the Maldives in 2004.
BG Wais Waheed is married and blessed with three sons and a daughter.