Kenya as a member of the Africa Union Commission has endorsed the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary for candidature in the AUC Chairpersonship race.
Amb. Amina Mohamed’s candidature came to light when the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed his intentions to have her contest for the delayed chairperson voting.
If elected in January 2017 she would be the second woman to lead the commission after the incumbent Chairperson Mrs. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa.
The elections were expected to take place during then 27th AU Summit that took place in Kigali from 10th to 18th July this year.
“Today in recognition of our obligation and commitment to support the African agenda, I am proud to offer Amb. Amina Mohamed for the position of the Chairperson of the AU Commission,” Uhuru said.
Mohamed is born to ethnic Somali family. The 55 year old is lawyer and politician.
She is married with two children.
Previously served as the Chairwoman for the International Organization for Migration and World Trade Organization’s General Council. Has been the Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program.
She is multilingual speaking Somali, English, Russian and Swahili and some French.
She has a masters degree in law from Kiev University, a postgraduate diploma in international relations from Oxford University.
Mohamed is the first woman to chair the WTO’s General Council and is member of the Executive Boards and Committees of the WIPO, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD, UNHCR, and UNAIDS from 2001 to 2005.