Robert Chaen’s First Maldivian Adventure with a Transformed Intern called Lubna Ali

This is my “First Maldivian Adventure with Lubna Ali” Story. She was hired in a tough Group Interview Intern Contest that eliminated 6 others. She is my second Maldivian intern after Jalala Saleem (2013).


When Lubna first joined she was happy-go-lucky, always smiling, great fun to be with, and high energy. And her weaknesses were she was quite green, too soft, and did not know what to fight for and what not to fight for.

I admit I was ultra-tough with her. I really scolded her 3 times in the heat of stressful deadlines. The third and last time she came back the next day and really shined in the the next day workshop. She transformed before our eyes.

Then Lubna told me she convinced her Dad to offer me one of the Honeymoon Suites at their family’s Loona Hotel, food, and Shifaz as my own PA to take me around! She was also so persuasive to get her Dad to give me a 3D2N stay at Paradise Island Resort.

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Lubna & I given a grand Maldivian Welcome with Garlands!


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In front of Loona Hotel with my new friends a Moroccan named Oussama from Anantara Oman & a Danish named Nina Nyenstad from Anantara Kihavah Villas.

I traveled with Lubna to Malé, Maldives and stayed at Loona Hotel in Hulhumale Beach from 5 to 12 May 2016.

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My CEO Work-Eat-Play Sofa-Coffee Table with a Hulhumale Beach View to Thrill and Inspire! I became the Loona Hotel’s Resident DJ playing Top Hits and Cool Jazz!
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Adam Naseer and Izmeera Shiham (HR Manager, Auditor General’s Office)

I was about to go and enjoy Paradise Island Resort when an unexpected appointment was made with Adam Naseer, Director of Technical Services, Auditor General’s Office (AGO) on Sunday 8 May. Maldives off days are Fridays & Saturdays as it’s an Islamic nation. Immediately both agreed for me to coach AGO Top Management with 1 day to organize and print training materials!

A Graduation Team Photo of a partial team of 25 attendees

My first Maldivian workshop was a huge success! Adam and Izmeera then introduced us to key connections which we had meetings with.

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Mohamed Shafeez, CFO of HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation)
Maldivian Airlines building faces the sea
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Ahmed Nasir, Head of Maldives Media Institute @Salt Rolf Top


Lubna is just completed 60% of her internship period. She did so well that I let her continue her internship in Maldives to do fierce marketing and big sales for the Annual Malé Night Market which her family had 6-7 stores.

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Lubna & her mum @Annual Male Night Market


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Ali Ahmed Naseer, Lubna’s dad, Chairman of Prop Travels & Prop P.L.

Now Lubna Ali has transformed into being ambitious, expressive, professional (she edifies me during client meetings). She is starting to ask for what she wants and likes – rather than being passive.

Watch out! This “ex-doormat”, whom others used to walk all over her, is now in charge!
She tells me she has plans to take over her father’s businesses which I previously warned her the construction industry is extremely tough and the owner really need to show who is boss and direct the team and rough and uncouth construction workers. I’m now confident she will find her own leadership style.


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Published on Sunday 15 May 2016 (10:46 pm)
Updated on 17 June 2016 (5:34 pm)

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Sunrise at Hulhumale Beach
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Loona Hotel Hulhumale Beach


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Robert Chaen

Global CEO-Founder of ChangeU and Movsha Movers & Shakers, Hero-CEO Whisperer, Writer, The #1 Alpha Change Expert, Father of Asian FireWalking Robert Chaen is an International Keynote Speaker, writer, researcher, and corp games designer. He is famously known to be the “Hero-CEO Whisperer”, 1-on1 coaching with many CEOs and Celebrities for corporate strategies, staff & office political issues, personal branding, and even public figure OSHA safety drilling called Drager Defense. He has transformed CEOs and managers in Coca-Cola China, TVB Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airport Services, VADS, TM, Public Bank, Auditor General's Office Maldives, etc. He is the prolific creator and online Author of innovative management tools such as DragonCEO, Diamond Leader, Papillon Personal Effectiveness, OSHA Drager Defense, KPI Bank, etc. He is also the Founder of Movsha, an international networking with monthly mingles with MOVers & SHAkers, Angels, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Celebrities, HR-PR-CSR, HODs, and the Most Influential IDEA people. ​Chaen is widely considered as one of the top International Platform Keynote Speakers for Resorts World Genting Senior Management Conference (Manila), 7-Eleven HK, Samsung, Coca-Cola China Mini-MBA @Tsing Hua University, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Story Conference where he interviewed Datuk Kamarudin (Chairman of AirAsia) and Siti Nurhaliza. He has been widely featured in TVB, AWSJ, CNBC, SCMP, The Star, and Sin Chew. As “The Father of Asian FireWalking”, he coached TVB celebrities (Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin) to walk on 650°C fire; and raised HK$68M in the world’s 1st and only live TV Charity FireWalk (TVB Tung Wah Charity Show), before Tony Robbins even came to Asia. If Robert can get you to walk on 650⁰C fire, he can inspire you to be THE BEST. He champions CN-HK-EU-US Tycoons to be philanthropic, and to be angel investors to support the next generation of Jack Mas, Steve Jobs, Richard Bransons, Steven Spielbergs, or Barrack Obamas. With some slick motivational speakers with fake doctorates out there, graduates often describe Robert to be "the most credible, empowering, truthful Coach" who believe in his graduates to believe in themselves. ​However, clients have described Robert as "The #1 Cool Badass Alpha Change Expert". He has the coolest first class stature, rapport and trust from clients. He will not hesitate to tell the badass truth ever so gently because clients are paying him big bucks to reveal the truth, find solutions, persuade the hostile HODs, and align cross-teams within the organization. Originally based in Hong Kong for 20+ years, he had worked with top Branding/Ad agencies at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, and was a certified FranklinCovey (7 Habits) in USA, and NLP MasterCoach (USA). His warmth is known to soften the most hardened, resistant sceptics. He will inspire your team to Go for Top 1, or to be a Dragon CEO. With boundless energies, Robert owns 15+ successful business Joint-Ventures, and created unique products under his global VC network called Chaen's Angels VC. He is deeply passionate about ChangeUTH Youth CSR, Science-Based Medicine (vs. quackery), short films and Reality TV. Touched by a personal tragedy through the loss of his HK-born Portuguese wife, co-coach and business partner, Brenda José of 18 years, Robert explores the many ways in which the spirit world is communicating with the living with real scientific studies and evidence. He gives inspiring conferences on The Secret Afterlife.

One thought on “Robert Chaen’s First Maldivian Adventure with a Transformed Intern called Lubna Ali”

  1. Amazing story that I really enjoyed reading! Good job, Lubna Ali! You obviously improved so much, grew more confident and self-worthy! I wish you all the best! Keep it up and always believe in yourself 🙂


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