Born in Kaduna in 1961, but originally from the north-eastern Nigerian state of Gombe, Amina Mohammed is the third woman and second African to hold the position of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Formally sworn in on 28 February 2017, she is serving under the current UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. Mohammed is not entirely new to the UN system and brings a wealth of development experience to her new role. She gained a good reputation for the key role she played during the negotiations surrounding the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Agenda as the UN Under-Secretary-General and as a special advisor on post-2015 development planning at the national level. Mohammed served under three Nigerian presidents from 2000 to 2014 as an adviser on the country’s implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. This culminated in her nomination in November 2015 as Nigeria’s Minister of Environment and Nigeria’s Representative to the African Union Reform Steering Committee under Nigerian President Buhari. Prior to her entry on the international development stage, Mohammed held a number of positions in the private and academic sectors. She was the founder and CEO of the Centre for Development Policy Solutions and was an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the development practice programme. In 1991, she founded Afri-Projects Consortium, a professional service firm that provides engineering and consultancy services. Referred to as one of the most powerful women within the UN system, Mohammed’s role includes not only operational and administrative responsibilities, but she must also ensure inter-institutional and inter-sectorial coherence of activities and programmes in order to support the Secretary-General and strengthen the UN’s work on development policy and climate change. A mother of six children, Mohammed is a recipient of the prestigious Nigerian National Honours Awards and has been inducted into the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame.
UN Deputy Secretary-General