Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik (born 3 January 1953) is the current President of the Maldives. He has served as a news anchor, a United Nations official with UNICEF, UNDP and UNESCO, and a member of the Maldivian Parliament. Waheed was the first citizen of the Maldives to receive a Ph.D. having received it at Stanford University in the U.S., the first democratically-elected Vice President of the Maldives, and reportedly the first person to appear on Maldivian television.
On 7 February 2012, he assumed the office of President following the disputed resignation of President Mohamed Nasheed. A day later, Nasheed stated that he had been forced to resign at gunpoint by military and police, reports which Waheed and his supporters have denied.
Waheed was born to Hassan Ibrahim Maniku and Aishath Moosa. He was the first of ten children.
In 1980, long-standing President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom appointed Waheed to the Constitutional Assembly convened to amend the constitution of the country. When Waheed realized that the Members of Parliament would not be able to make dramatic reforms, he left the Maldives to complete his education in the United States where he received two Masters and a PhD from