Amina J. Mohammed

Amina J. Mohammed
5th Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Assumed office
28 February 2017[1]
Secretary-General António Guterres
Preceded by Jan Eliasson
Minister of Environment
In office
11 November 2015  15 December 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari
Preceded by Lawrencia Laraba-Mallam
Succeeded by Ibrahim Usman Jibril (Minister of State)
Personal details
Born (1961-06-27) 27 June 1961
Gombe State, Nigeria
Political party All Progressives Congress

Amina J. Mohammed (born 27 June 1961) is the current Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of Environment of Nigeria.[2]

Early life and family

Amina Mohammed was born in Gombe State, north-eastern Nigeria, in 1961[3] to a Nigerian veterinarian-herdsman and a British nurse. She is the eldest of five daughters.[4]


Amina Mohammed resigned from Nigerian Federal Executive Council on 24 February 2017.[5] Previously, Amina Mohammed was 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 acted 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. [6]

Prior to this position, 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, Mohammed coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the UN Millennium Project.

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.

In 1991, Amina 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.[7]

In 2017, Mohammed was accused of participation in a Chinese scam to illegally import endangered Nigerian rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s environment minister.[8][9][10] The Nigerian government has denied the claims.[11]


Amina Mohammed received the National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006 and was inducted into the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.


Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by
Jan Eliasson
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
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