Ambition knows no boundaries

Amina Mohammed

Nigerian, Leader, Humanitarian 

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the deputy security-general of the United Nations. She has devoted her career to improving the health and well-being of people, with a focus on sustainable development, poverty reduction, and the empowerment of the world’s women and girls. She has a lot to share on global challenges, leadership, and public service.

She was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development. 

Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions. 

She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and served on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Women’s Millennium Initiative, Girl Effect, 2016 African Union Reform and the ActionAid International Right to Education Project.

Ms. Mohammed began her 35-year career in the private sector with architects and engineers responsible for the project management of health, education and public sector buildings.

Actions for Impact


Resist Indifference

Understand what is possible within the given circumstances, and strengthen it by engaging with it.



End Poverty

Promote the empowerment and participation of people living in poverty and vulnerable situations. Look at the root causes of poverty through a multidimensional, holistic approach. It is imperative that we promote social policies and protection that ensure the benefits of globalization and economic growth are shared by all and lift all boats.


Focus on Risks

Focus on the economy and the global financial system to address the growing barrier to sustainable development. 

Climate risks impact business models and the integrity of the pensions and savings systems. Understand that climate change poses a systemic macroeconomic risk and a risk to the financial system itself. From that point, approach it is a systemic issue, rather than one based on belief or non-belief.

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