Amb. Fatima Kyari Mohammed is the Permanent Observer of the AU to the UN. Her mandate is to represent the AU at the UN as well as develop and maintain constructive and productive relationship between the AU and Member States in New York. Prior to her appointment, she was Senior Special Advisor to the ECOWAS Commission. Her career spans over 2 decades with a focus on peace, security, socio-economic development, regional integration, organizational development, and project management, both in the public and private sectors. Her academic background is in Peace, Security, Development and Conflict Transformation (University of Innsbruck), Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (UN University for Peace, Costa Rica), and Business Communication (European University, Switzerland). She also has a BA in Environmental Design (ABU, Zaria, Nigeria). She is also the Founder of the LikeMinds Project, a non-profit, Organisation working with vulnerable communities in Nigeria. She is an Eisenhower Fellow and was further honoured with the ExxonMobil. Distinguished Fellow Award in 2017.