5th Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Assumed office: 28 February 2017
Secretary-General: António Guterres
Preceded by: Jan Eliasson
Minister of Environment
In office: 11 November 2015 – 15 December 2016
President: Muhammadu Buhari
Preceded by: Lawrencia Laraba-Mallam
Succeeded by: Ibrahim Usman Jibril
Full Name: Amina Jane Mohammed
Born: 27 June 1961
Birth place: Liverpool, England
Citizenship: Nigerian, British
Political party: All Progressives Congress
Alma mater: The Buchan School
Henley Management College
Biographical and educational history
Amina Mohammed was born in Liverpool, UK, in 1961 to a Nigerian veterinarian-officer and a British nurse. She is the eldest of five daughters.
Amina Mohammed attended a primary school in Kaduna and Maiduguri, and Buchan School in Isle of Man.
She further attended Henley Management College in 1989. After she finished her studies her father demanded she return to Nigeria.
Between 1981 and 1991, Amina Mohammed worked with Archcon Nigeria, an architectural design firm in association with Norman and Dawbarn United Kingdom.
In 1991, she founded Afri-Projects Consortium, and from 1991 to 2001 she was its Executive Director.
From 2002 until 2005, Mohammed coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project.
Amina Mohammed later acted as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In 2005, she was charged with the coordination of Nigeria’s debt relief funds toward the achievement of the MDGs.
Her mandate included designing a Virtual Poverty Fund with innovative approaches to poverty reduction, budget coordination and monitoring, as well as providing advice on pertinent issues regarding poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development.
Amina Mohammed later became the 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.
During that time, she served on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.
She also chaired the Advisory Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Monitoring Report on Education (GME).
From 2012, Amina Mohammed was a key player in the Post-2015 Development Agenda 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.
From 2014, she also served on the Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.
Minister of the Environment (2015-2017)
Amina Mohammed served as Federal Minister of Environment in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari from November 2015 to February 2017.
During that time, she was Nigeria’s representative in the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee, chaired by Paul Kagame.
She resigned from the Nigerian Federal Executive Council on 24 February 2017.
In 2017, Amina Mohammed was accused of participation in a Chinese scam to illegally import endangered Nigerian rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s environment minister. The Nigerian government has denied the claims.
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
In January 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced his intention to appoint Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Amina Mohammed other activities
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Member of the Board of Directors (since 2017)
International Right to Education Project
Member of the Advisory Board Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Member of the Advisory Board Hewlett Foundation
Member of the Board International Development Research Centre
Member of the Board of Governors
Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC)
Member of the Advisory Board
Awards and recognitions
Order of the Federal Republic (2006)
Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame (2007)
Ford Family Notre Dame Award for International Development and Solidarity (2015)
Diplomat of the Year Awards (2017)
Ms. Mohammed received the Sarraounia chieftaincy title of Niger in 2018. She was installed by that country’s Kings (2018)
BBC 100 Women (2018) for her work as deputy secretary general of the United Nations
Global Citizen Prize World Leader Award 2019