UN Secretary-general appoints Nigerian woman as special adviser on post-2015 development planning
The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has appointed Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning.
Ms. Mohammed brings to the position over 30 years of experience as a development practitioner in the public and private sectors as well as civil society.
She is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Center for Development Policy Solutions, a newly established Think-Tank to address the policy and knowledge gaps within the government, parliament and private sector in development and civil society for robust advocacy materials.
Ms. Mohammed is also Adjunct Professor of the Master’s Programme for Development Practice at Columbia University in New York.
Prior to this, Ms. Mohammed served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after serving three Presidents over a period of six years.
In 2005, she was charged with the coordination of the Debt Relief Funds (US $1bn p.a) towards the achievement of MDGs in Nigeria.
Her mandate included designing a Virtual Poverty Fund (VPF) 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.
From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Mohammed served as coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the UN Millennium Project.
Before, she served as Founder and Executive Director of Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of Engineers and Quantity Surveyors (1991-2001) and worked with the architectural/engineering firm of Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn UK (1981-1991).
Ms. Mohammed currently serves on numerous International advisory panels and boards including the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel, the Hewlett Foundation on Education, African Women’s Millennium Initiative (AWOMI), the ActionAid International “Right To Education Project”, the Millennium Promise Initiative, The Institute of Scientific & Technical Information of China and a Governor of the International Development Research Centre in Canada.
She also currently chairs the Advisory Board of the UNESCO Global Monitoring Report on Education.
Ms. Mohammed received the National Honours Award of OFR in 2006 and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
Born in 1961, Ms. Mohammed is married with 4 children.
Source: United Nations Information Centre, Accra