Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed is the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations.
Up until her appointment, she was Senior Special Advisor to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission. She has more than a decade of experience working with ECOWAS and its institutions in different capacities, with a focus on peace and security, regional integration and organisational development.
Prior to joining ECOWAS, she was the Executive Director at West Africa Conflict and Security Consulting, a family of regional consulting companies that work at the intersection of security, research, development and investment in conflict-affected and fragile areas.
She has also previously worked as a Programme Manager for regional cooperation in West Africa at the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS and as Regional Project Manager for security policy projects in West Africa with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
Her thematic expertise includes peace and security, conflict prevention and transformation, gender, regional integration, and socio-economic development.
Fatima holds a Master of Arts in Peace, Security, Development and Conflict Transformation from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and a Master of Arts in Sustainable Economic Development from the UN University of Peace in Costa Rica.
She also holds an MBA in Business Communication from the European University in Switzerland and a BA in Environmental Design from the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. In addition to English, she speaks fluent French, Hausa, and Kanuri and has a basic knowledge of Arabic and Spanish.