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Personality Profile: Amina J. Mohammed (A Woman Of Vision)

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Amina J. Mohammed is from Gombe State, north-eastern Nigeria. She was born on 27 June 1961 to a Nigerian veterinarian-herdsman and a British nurse. She is the eldest of five daughters. 

She’s the current Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of Environment of Nigeria. She was instrumental in bringing about the unprecedented 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals.

Amina J. Mohammed resigned from Nigerian Federal Executive Council on 24 February 2017 to take on her role as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. As Minister of Environment of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development. 

In her current role at the United Nations, Ms. Mohammed supports the Secretary-General in performing his function as “chief administrative officer” of the Organization with a special focus on sustainable development, including the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the management of the review of the United Nations development system, financing for development, humanitarian-development nexus, climate change, migration, global health and related issues.

Previously, Amina J. Mohammed was a key player in the Post-2015 development process, serving as the Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 development planning. In this role, she acted as the link between the Secretary-General, his High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP), and the General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG), among other stakeholders. 

Prior to this position, Ms. Mohammed served as Founder and CEO of the Center for Development Policy Solutions and as an Adjunct Professor for the Master’s in Development Practice program at Columbia University. Previously, she acted as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals after serving three presidents over a period of six years. In 2005, she was charged with the coordination of Nigeria’s debt relief funds toward the achievement of the MDGs. From 2002-2005, Mohammed coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the UN Millennium Project.

Earlier in her career, Amina Mohammed was Founder and Executive Director of Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of engineers and quantity surveyors. She also worked with the architectural engineering firm Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn, UK.

In 1991, Amina Mohammed founded Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of Engineers and Quantity Surveyors, and from 1991 to 2001 she was its executive director. Between 1981 and 1991, she worked with Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn United Kingdom.

In 2017, Ms. Mohammed and the Nigerian government denied claims of participation in a Chinese scam to illegally import endangered Nigerian rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s environment minister.

 

AWARDS 

Amina J. Mohammed was named by Foreign Policy magazine as 2017 Diplomat of the Year. She is one of the 2017 Power with Purpose honorees selected by Devex in partnership with McKinsey & Company. New African Magazine also included Ms. Mohammed as one of its 100 Most Influential Africans of 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2016 she was amongst Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the World’s Greatest Leaders and also its 2015 listing of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2015, Ms. Mohammed was also profiled by Vogue Magazine as one of the 13 female Climate Warriors on the frontline. Amina J. Mohammed received the National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006 and was inducted into theNigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

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