H.E. Amb. Khadija Mohamed Al-Makhzoumi
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Federal Republic of Somalia
Amb. Khadija Mohamed Al-Makhzoumi assumed office as the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on August 9, 2022. With her extensive diplomatic experience, she holds the responsibility of developing and implementing environmental policies, strategies, laws, and regulations in Somalia. Prior to her current position, she served as Somalia’s Ambassador to Iraq and later as the Ambassador of Somalia to Pakistan. Throughout her diplomatic career, she has held various prominent positions, including political advisor to the Arab League and senior political advisor to the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Amb. Khadija’s tenure as the Somali Ambassador to Pakistan was marked by notable achievements. She played a pivotal role in strengthening bilateral relations between Somalia and Pakistan, fostering cooperation and development between the two nations. She received the prestigious Global Ambassador Award in recognition of her exceptional contributions and unwavering dedication to promoting diplomacy and international relations.
Education and Background
Amb. Khadija Mohamed Al-Makhzoumi’s educational journey has played a crucial role in shaping her diplomatic career.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Southampton University in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University, also in the United Kingdom. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Peace, Governance, and Development with a specialization in Climate Diplomacy from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Vision for Somalia's Environment and Climate Change
As the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Amb. Khadija is committed to driving transformative change in Somalia’s environmental sector. Her vision encompasses:
- Developing and implementing comprehensive environmental policies, strategies, and regulations.
- Addressing the challenges posed by climate change and fostering resilience.
- Promoting sustainable development practices to ensure the well-being of present and future generations.
- Fostering international cooperation and partnerships to address global environmental concerns.
- Enhancing environmental awareness and engaging youth in environmental initiatives.
Through her leadership, Amb. Khadija Mohamed Al-Makhzoumi strives to create a greener and more sustainable future for Somalia, contributing to the global efforts to combat climate change and protect our planet.