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Here are Africa’s most powerful women who have held top international jobs

June 08, 2018 at 08:39 am | Women

Mweha Msemo

Mweha Msemo | Contributor

June 08, 2018 at 08:39 am | Women

Amina Mohamed Jibril

She is a Kenyan lawyer, diplomat and politician. She is presently serving as the Cabinet Secretary for Sports in Kenya. She was the Cabinet Secretary for Education in Kenya and previously served as chairwoman of the International Organization for Migration and the World Trade Organisation’s General Council, as well as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

She is the first woman to have held the position of Foreign Minister (Cabinet Secretary) of Kenya, she was the first woman to have chaired the governing General Council of the World Trade Organization, the Dispute Settlement Body, the International Organization for Migration as well as President of the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime.

She was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs of Kenya from 2008 to 2011. In that role, in 2010 she supervised the redraft of the Constitution of Kenya.

Ms Mohamed graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Kiev, Ukraine. She also has a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law from the same institution. She has a second degree in Law from Kenya School of Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

Mohamed is multilingual, speaking her native Somali as well as English, Russian, Swahili and French.

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