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Biography Of Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General Of United Nations

Biography Of Amina J Mohammed


Biography Of Amina J Mohammed: A Nigerian-born politician and diplomat Amina J Mohammed has dual citizenship with the United Kingdom. She was named Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2017, a post she has held till date.

In addition, Amina served as Nigeria’s Minister of Environment from November 2015 to December 2016, and as Special Adviser to three Nigerian Presidents within that time frame.

The majority of the world’s leaders consider Amina to be one of the best leaders the world has ever seen. Consequently, she has gained considerable acclaim, including the Global Citizen World Leader Prize, which she was awarded in 2019.

Amina J Mohammed Background

Biography Of Amina J Mohammed: In 1961, Amina Jane Mohammed was born as the family’s oldest daughter, on June 27, 1961, in New York. A Nigerian nomad and veterinarian, her father, and a British nurse, were the parents of this young woman.


Nigerian schools in Kaduna and Maiduguri served as the setting for her basic and secondary studies. After that, she went on to attend the Buchan School on the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom (UK). She went on to the Henley Management College, where she graduated with a degree in 1989.

Early Professional Life of Amina J Mohammed

Biography Of Amina J Mohammed: She worked as an auxiliary nurse at an old people’s home in the United Kingdom. Amina has experience in retail, insurance, and restaurants. Her father’s orders forced her to return to her native Nigeria when she was 22 years old.

In the first instance, she worked for Archcon, an architectural and engineering business in Nigeria. Health-care facilities, including as hospitals and schools, were developed and constructed by the company. The next year, she founded Afri-Projects Consortium, which she has been running since since.

The Task Force on Gender and Education, which was part of the United Nations Millennium Project from 2002 to 2005, was directed by her. Afterwards, she worked as a Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, and subsequent consecutive governments on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As a Senior Advisor, she gave guidance on problems like as poverty, public sector reform, maternal mortality reduction, and long-term economic growth. Nigeria’s debt relief money were to be coordinated in order to contribute to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals, and she was given this responsibility.


Her Other Appointments

Biography Of Amina J Mohammed: In 2012, she was appointed as Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Post-2015 Development Planning and Priorities for Action. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was made possible thanks to her efforts as a South African.

Her involvement in the Post-2015 Development Agenda process was also significant. She served on the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) of the United Nations Secretary-General, where she collaborated closely with the General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG) and other key players. And she was appointed to the Independent Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, which she served on from 2014 to 2016.

When President Muhammadu Buhari nominated her as Minister of Environment in 2015, she held the position for two years before being reappointed. She was in charge of the country’s climate change efforts, which included safeguarding the environment and conserving resources to ensure a more sustainable future.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, appointed her as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization of American States. And Amina has continued to work in that position to this very day.

As an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York, she teaches courses for the Master’s Programme in Development Practice.

Observations on her Personality

Biography Of Amina J Mohammed: Mother of six children and grandmother of three, Amina J. Mohammed is a successful businesswoman. She is also a devout Muslim who practices her religion to the letter.

Other Memberships

Biography Of Amina J Mohammed: she serves on the board of numerous international advisory panels and boards. Some of which are;

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Action Aid, International Right to Education Project.
  • Advisory Board Member, Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Member of the Board, Hewlett Foundation of Education
  • Member of the Board of Governors, International Development Research Centre.
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC).

Recognizability and Awards

Biography Of Amina J Mohammed: she has garnered significant acclaim for her role as a global goal pioneer.. For example, Fortune Magazine ranked her as one of the world’s top leaders in their annual ranking. Aside from that, she was recognized as a Social Media Champion for her efforts to promote UN activities on her page.

Some other recognition are;

  • Order of the Federal Republic, 2006
  • Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame, 2007
  • Ford Family Notre Dame Award, Kellogg Institute for International Studies 2015
  • Diplomat of the Year Awards, Foreign Policy Magazine, 2017
  • Award of Honor, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, NCF, 2017
  • 13 Female Climate Warrior on Frontline, Vogue Magazine
  • Sarraounia Chieftaincy title of Niger in 2018
  • BBC 100 Women, 2018
  • 100 Most Influential People on Gender Policy, Apolitical, 2019
  • Global Citizen Prize World Leader Award, 2019



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