The New York Academy of Sciences Annual Gala
Monday, November 5, 2018
The Conrad Hotel
102 North End Avenue
New York, NY 10282
Featuring the Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists.
At this year’s event, the New York Academy of Sciences will Celebrate the Extraordinary! In the 21st century, the world is facing unique challenges, and we need extraordinary scientists to rise to the occasion. Science and technology have become driving forces for change that are helping to create a more sustainable planet and improve the quality of life for its inhabitants.
The Academy understands the importance of investing in STEM education to create a better world today and inspire the innovators of tomorrow. With your support, the Academy and its partners are identifying and fostering STEM talent through every step of their career and building the STEM workforce that will tackle society's grandest challenges. We hope you will join us to celebrate the depth and breadth of the impact STEM can have on New York’s economy and society at large.
We are thrilled to welcome Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, as our guest speaker this year.
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Amina J. Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment, and conserving resources for sustainable development.
Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development, and coordinating programs worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions.
She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University and served on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Women’s Millennium Initiative, Girl Effect, 2016 African Union Reform, and the ActionAid International Right to Education Project.
Ms. Mohammed began her 35-year career in the private sector with architects and engineers responsible for the project management of health, education, and public sector buildings.