Amina Mohamed was on Friday moved from the Education ministry to the Sports docket after a Cabinet reshuffle. While reactions to the move are varied, with some questioning if she is a right fit for the job, others say Amina is a competent person who has risen through the ranks.

Amina, born in 1961, has headed several ministries, most notably the Foreign Affairs docket. She then moved to the Education ministry and now Sports.

But who is Amina?

Amina has been a career diplomat, lawyer and now technocrat. She was the first woman to hold the position of Foreign Affairs CS when she was appointed to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Cabinet in 2013. Amina studied law in Ukraine and also has a Masters degree.

She was the first woman to chair the General Council of the World Trade Organization and the first African and woman to chair the Council for the International Organization for Migration. Between 2011 and 2013, Amina was the UN assistant secretary general and deputy executive director for Unep.

Amina has had an illustrious career Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations and other International Organizations based in Geneva. Amina also holds several awards, including Chief of Burning Spear (CBS).

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Amina Mohamed

When it comes to her personal life, Amina  is married to and has children, both biological and adopted.

Here is Amina’s career history according to the Information Cradle website:

  • Since March 2019: Cabinet Secretary, Sports
  •  2018: Cabinet Secretary, Education
  • 2013 – 2018 : Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
  • 2011 – 2013: United Nation’s Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director, UNEP.
  • 2010 – 2011: President of the United Nations Conference on Transnational Crime, Vienna.
  • 2008 – 2011: Kenya’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs.
  • 2006 – 2007: Director for Europe and Commonwealth Affairs as well as Director for Diaspora Affairs Chairman of the Task Force Sub-Committee on Strengthening and restructuring of the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Affairs.
  • 2000 – 2006: Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations and other International Organizations based in Geneva.
  • 1990 – 2000: Kenya’s Legal Advisor in various Missions abroad, including the 6th Committee of the United Nations.
  • 1986 – 1990: Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Nairobi

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