Amina C. Mohamed

Ambassador (Dr.) Amina C. Mohamed, EGH, CAV.

Amb. (Dr) Amina Mohamed is a Kenyan diplomat, lawyer and negotiator currently serving as the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage in the Republic of Kenya. An accomplished international civil servant, she has distinguished herself in public and foreign service working on a wide range of global issues, from environmental policy and sustainable development to intellectual property and international trade.

Before moving to her current docket, Amb. Mohamed held the positions of Cabinet Secretary for Education (2018 – 2019), and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs (2013 – 2018). Earlier, as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, she was instrumental in the legal and institutional reforms that took place in Kenya from 2008 to 2011, including the review process that culminated in the promulgation of a new constitution.

A legal expert and practitioner in domestic and international law, Amb. Mohamed has also held various high-level international leadership positions, including United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) (2011 – 2013). During her tenure, she spearheaded the implementation of UNEP’s Medium-Term Strategy and reforms. She also served as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2000 – 2006), where she was the first woman to chair the African Group at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Her outstanding service has earned her various awards, including the prestigious Adebisi Babatunde Thomas Entrepreneurship Institute Excellence in Diplomacy Award, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Government of Japan), an honorary knighthood by the Italian Government, and Kenya's highest national award of Elder of the Golden Heart.

Amb. Mohamed holds a Master’s degree in International Law from Kiev State University, and additional post-graduate qualifications from the University of Oxford and the Kenya School of Law.