Amina J. Mohammed was born in 1961, in Nigeria. She was appointed in July 2012 by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. Ms. Mohammed brings to the position more than 30 years of experience as a development practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society.
She was the CEO/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 was also Adjunct Professor of the Master’s Programme for Development Practice at Columbia University in New York.
Prior to that, Ms. Mohammed served 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. She was charged, in 2005, with the coordination of the debt relief funds (USD 1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria. 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. Ms. Mohammed served as coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project, from 2002 to 2005. Prior to this, 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 has served 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, the ActionAid International “Right to Education Project”, the Millennium Promise Initiative, and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China. She is a Governor of the International Development Research Centre in Canada, and currently chairs the Advisory Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Monitoring Report on Education.
Ms. Mohammed received the National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006 and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
Ms. Mohammed has four children.
Amina J. Mohammed attends the 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City.
— Amina J Mohammed (@AminaJMohammed) September 27, 2015
As the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, Mohammed has spent the past three-and-a-half years corralling the 193 member states to agree on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), often referred to simply as the Global Goals — a blueprint for the world to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and combat climate change within the next 15 years.
Mohammed is one of the people at the forefront of a clever and widespread campaign to make the SDGs famous, especially among youth, including colorful designs and celebrity endorsements — all creative touches the MDGs sorely missed 15 years ago. And though it's early yet, it seems to be working.
Now, it's time for others to pick up the torch, as world leaders and everyday citizens help see them to fruition.
The SDGs were ratified to replace the last set of goals, the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were adopted in 2000 and expire at the end of this year. While the MDGs saw progress — the global number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half since 1990, for example — various goals, such as reducing the child mortality rate by two-thirds, were not met. The MDGs were also primarily directed at developing countries.