Amina Mohammed was appointed in July 2012 by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as special adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. 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 formerly CEO and 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. Prior to that, 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 towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria.
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.
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. She has four children.