Former Minister of Environment of Nigeria, Amina Mohammed was born in Nigeria in 1961. The eldest of five daughters, her mother is British, while her father is a Nigerian.
In a 2017 article in the Guardian Ms Mohammed once confided that she had to raise money when she wanted to study hotel catering management in Italy:
I said to my father: ‘I’m leaving.’ He said, ‘OK, but I have no money to give you’. So I challenged everyone and said I am walking from Kaduna to Zaria – which is 76km – to raise the cash. They all said ‘You can’t do it!’ But I raised £4,000, and that was it, I was off. For me, it has been a long journey, step by step, using the education I had to make a difference.
After years in the private sector in an architectural design office in northern Nigeria, Mohammed served three Nigerian presidents before becoming adviser to Ban Ki-moon, Guterres’ predecessor as secretary general, on the post-2015 development agenda.
As Minister of Environment of Nigeria, she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development.
Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed served as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions.
As the current Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations she was instrumental in bringing about the unprecedented 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals.
In her current role at the United Nations, Ms. Mohammed supports the Secretary-General in performing his function as “chief administrative officer” of the Organisation with a special focus on sustainable development, 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.
She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and served on numerous international advisory boards