Biography/Profile/History Of Nigeria’s Minister of Environment Amina J. Mohammed


Amina-Muhammed-e1443878282700Amina J. Mohammed is 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 acts 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.Amina-Mohammed1

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, Ms. Mohammed coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the UN Millennium Project.

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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. Amina J. Mohammed (born 1961) was the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. She was appointed to this position on 7 June 2012. Ms. Mohammed was appointed Hon Minister of the Environment by President Buhari when he swore in his new Cabinet on 11th November 2015Amina-Mohammed1-300x350

Amina J.Mohammed is one of the six women that made the cut as a minister under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. She is the new Minister of Environment and below are some of the things you may not know about her.

1. Amina J. Mohammed was born 1961 in Kaduna State and is of Gombe descent with a British mother and a Nigerian father.

2. From 2002-2005, Ms. Mohammed coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the UN Millennium Project.

3. She has served as the Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

4. She served as the CEO and founder of the Think Tank Center for Development Policy Solutions.

5. She worked as Senior Adviser on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to three different Presidents of Nigeria from 2000 – 2014.

6. She has six children.

7. She received the National Honors Award of OFR in 2006 and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Ms. Mohammed has been working in the field of development for more than 30 years both in the public sector and the private sector. Prior to her current appointment, she was the CEO and founder of the think tank Center for Development Policy Solutions.Amina-mohammed1-710x434

Previously, she worked as senior adviser to the President of Nigeria on Millennium Development Goals for six years. In this position, she was in charge of designing and developing government projects to reduce poverty around the country. Between 2002 and 2005, she worked in the United Nations Millennium Project as a coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education.

In 1991, Ms. 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.

On November 11, 2015 Mohammed was sworn in as the Environment Minister in Buhari’s cabinet.

Ms. Mohammed has also served on many international advisory boards and panels such as the Gates Foundation and the UN Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel

Amina J Mohammed, Environment Minister of Nigeria (former Special Advisor to the UNSG on 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, was among one of the 13 women who posed for Vogue magazine who are fighting climate change at the Cop21 in paris.


Ms. Mohammed was born in 1961. She has six children.



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