Amina J Mohammed is the Honourable Minister of Environment of Nigeria under President Mohammed Buhari. Prior to her current appointment, she was the Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. She was appointed to this position in June 2012. Hailing from Gombe State, Ms Mohammed has been working in the field of development for more than 30 years, both in the public and private sectors.
She was the founder/CEO of the think tank Center for Development Policy Solutions, and for six years worked as senior adviser to the previous Presidents of Nigeria, the late Umaru Musa Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan, on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In this position, she was in charge of designing and developing government projects to reduce poverty around the country. These included coordinated debt relief funds (US$1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of MDGs In Nigeria, coordinated development of a fully participatory National Action Plan (which included areas such as HIV/AIDS and macroeconomic strategies), and development of strategies to empower community participation at government level.
Between 2002 and 2005, Ms Mohammed worked on the United Nations Millennium Project as a coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education. She has served on many international advisory boards and panels, including the Global Development Program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel, the Africa Women’s Millennium Initiative, the Millennium Promise Initiative, the Institute of Scientific & Technical Information (China), the Hewlett Foundation on Education, and the Actionaid International “Right To Education” Project.
Earlier in her career, Ms Mohammed co-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 Kaduna, in association with Norman & Dawbarn Architects, UK. Ms Mohammed remains committed towards a more sustainable and peaceful Nigeria.