For Dr. Waheed, Maldives comes first! From the very beginning he has dedicated himself to the betterment of the Maldives through working for his fellow citizens. Though he was forced to leave in the early 90s, he has always kept in close contact with friends and family in the Maldives and monitored events in his home country. In September of 2005, at a time when the movement towards multi-party pluralism in the Maldives appeared to be in peril, Dr. Waheed sacrificed everything he had- relinquishing a senior position in the United Nations in order to return home and once again work for his people.