A deep dig into Education CS Amina Mohamed’s past uncovered a
woman who has achieved a considerable amount.
During the career diplomat’s stint as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative for Kenya’s diplomatic mission at the UN (2000-2006), she became the first woman to chair the General Council of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
More to that, Amina also became first African as well as the first woman to chair the International Organization for Migration Council at WTO.
Amina was known for her analytical and interpersonal skills which she developed during the course of her career in the diplomatic arena.
Her admirable negotiation skills served her well and she effectively articulated global issues pertaining to the WTO.
The accomplished CS also has two local presidential awards and two more from foreign presidents.
She was awarded Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart and Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear in Kenya, Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government.
When President Uhuru Kenyatta transferred the CS from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Education Ministry, she became the first woman to hold the office since independence.
Away from her diplomatic career that spans over 30 years, Amina is a family woman with two children.
With the help of her husband Khalid Ahmed, she also raises four orphans.