After her studies
at the Holborn Law Tutors in London, UK, 1983, Mooneera Joonas-Malleck joined
the family business, the Joonas Group, founded in 1969, with a diverse range of
activities, notably, trading building materials, operating a rolling mill and galvanising
plant, manufacturing office furniture and dealing in real estate. She learned
the ropes from her father and acquired more skills in management and administration
by regularly attending professional training seminars.
At the same
time, to express her creativity and passion, Mooneera set up her own
consultancy business in wedding décor in 2010, Moon Design. Mooneera works in
collaboration with not only reputed Mauritian events companies, but also international
designers and wedding planners.
mandate as President of AMFCE from March 2002 to March 2004 was to consolidate
the work done by her predecessor Aline Wong and put the budding organisation in
the forefront. Under her presidency,
AMFCE lobbied to be elected as council member on the Mauritius Chamber of
Commerce and Industry (MCCI) as well as the Mauritius Employers’ Federation
(MEF) so that AMFCE could be directly involved in decision making at the
highest institutional boards overseeing activities in the private sector. The
established target was met and as president of AMFCE, Mooneera participated in every
council meeting held during her mandate.
To build on
this solid foundation, AMFCE promoted training and the creation of new
businesses as well as fostering the development process of established women
business-owners, so that the success stories would concern not only a few
pioneers but that all Mauritian women could participate fully in the economic
progress of their country. The AMFCE Action Plan for her two-year mandate was
built around two main projects.
had already been identified as one of AMFCE’s core needs. After the training
course on “Finance for non-financial managers” which AMFCE ran during the
previous President’s mandate, Information Technology was the next area identified
where many of AMFCE members were struggling. Support for the design and running
of the project was sought and obtained from AMSCO, a branch of the
International Finance Corporation (IFC). A two- member team composed of a
Mauritian MBA holder and an IT specialist provided under the IFC’S internship
programme conducted a three-month needs assessment of five pilot companies, all
members of the AMFCE, including Mooneera. It was a most enriching and useful
exercise which greatly helped all five participant companies to improve their
use of IT in their operations.
– The second
project embraced another aspect of the mission at AMFCE, that of gender equity.
The AMFCE survey project was shaped so as to cover existing structures,
identify areas of action and make proposals for a better representation of
women. During the exercise, AMFCE drew up a shortlist of resources and
established a data base for capacity building objectives. By its ability to
match with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the project attracted the
eye of several international agencies such as the UNDP.
of the biggest challenges was to agree to hosting the 51st FCEM
World Congress within four months, when, unfortunately, the original host
country, Taiwan, had to withdraw due to the SARS epidemic in 2002-03. The theme
chosen for the Congress, which was held from 1 to 4 October 2003, was “Partners
for peace and shared prosperity”. Organising a World Congress entails a lot
of entirely voluntary work, pressure and stress. Mooneera is forever thankful
to the AMFCE organising committee and its members for their vitality and
energy, as well as the sponsors and all the endorsing bodies for their support
to make the Congress an enjoyable and enriching experience for everyone.
At the end of
her mandate, with the help of a dedicated sub-committee of members, AMFCE
published a Code of Ethics for its members.
always been a pioneer in furthering and enhancing the status of women in
Mauritius and the Indian Ocean region. Today, Mooneera is proud to see that all
the efforts have paid off and that the AMFCE is continuing on the right track.