Interpeace welcomes Amina Mohamed and Miriam Coronel Ferrer to its Governing Board
December 15, 2023
Interpeace is honoured to welcome Amina Mohamed and Miriam Coronel Ferrer to its Governing Board. They were elected unanimously and their appointments confirmed at the forty-fourth Board meeting held on Wednesday, 6 December 2023.
The Governing Board also discussed the changing global conflict, security and peacebuilding landscape. And the Board reviewed Interpeace’s strategic direction.
Coronel Ferrer is co-founder of the Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators, a platform of Southeast Asian women engaged in mediating, negotiating, and facilitating peace processes. A retired professor of political science at the University of the Philippines, she chaired the Philippine government panel that negotiated and signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on 27 March 2014. Ms. Coronel Ferrer was a member of the United Nations’ Standby Team of Mediation Experts between 2018 – 2021. In this capacity, she provided mediation support to UN missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Maldives, Kosovo, Georgia, and Southeast Asia, among others. Ms. Coronel Ferrer also supported various undertakings to advance the inclusion of women and youth in mediation and peace processes.
Mohammed has had a distinguished career in the public service of Kenya. She served in three ministerial portfolios, as Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Education, Science and Technology; and, Sports, Culture and Heritage. Ms. Mohamed was also Permanent Secretary for Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs. She is a former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UNEP. Ms. Mohamed served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative at Kenya’s Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 2000 – 2006.
Interpeace’s Governing Board is the highest decision-making body of the organisation and defines the organisation’s overall strategy. It is made up of prominent individuals from the government, international, and business sectors.
“We are honoured, motivated and inspired by the appointments of Miriam Coronel Ferrer and Amina Mohamed. We look forward to drawing on their wisdom and leadership as part of our Governing Board, so that we continue strengthening Interpeace’s peacebuilding work that is deeply rooted in communities with global reach,” said Itonde Kakoma, President of Interpeace.