On May 2, 2019, Africa House Director Professor Yaw Nyarko moderated a discussion with H.E. Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed, African Union Permanent Observer to the United Nations. Students, faculty, community members, and development professionals gathered to hear from the Ambassador. The Ambassador discussed a variety of topics, including free trade zones and shared currencies in Africa, the latest trends in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and ways in which members of the diaspora can not only get involved in issues related to the African continent, but also build meaningful, sustainable momentum geared towards real change. Following their chat, guests had the opportunity to ask Ambassador Mohammed questions related to her work and life.
Amb. Fatima Kyari Mohammed is the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) to the United Nations (UN). Her mandate is to represent the AU at the UN as well as develop and maintain a constructive and productive relationship between the AU and Member States in New York. Prior to her appointment, she was Senior Special Advisor to the ECOWAS Commission. Her career spans over 2 decades with a focus on peace, security, socio-economic development, regional integration, organizational development, and project management, both in the public and private sectors.
Her academic background is in Peace, Security, Development and Conflict Transformation (University of Innsbruck), Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (UN University for Peace, Costa Rica), and Business Communication (European University, Switzerland). She also has a BA in Environmental Design (ABU, Zaria, Nigeria).
She is also the Founder of the LikeMinds Project, a non-profit organization working with vulnerable communities in Nigeria. She is an Eisenhower Fellow and was further honored with the ExxonMobil Distinguished Fellow Award in 2017.
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