Najma Mohamed

Policy director, Green Economy Coalition

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, Arabic (fluent), Afrikaans (fluent)

Najma has a background in climate, environment and sustainable development and has been involved in designing, implementing and profiling transformative and inclusive approaches to policy and practice. She has worked in research, civil society and the public sector, at multi-levels and across geographies and economic sectors. This includes stakeholder facilitation and engagement in policy processes.


Sustainability transformations; green economy; public policy; governance; science-policy interface; green jobs and just transitions; social inclusion; skills and education; ecological ethics; political ecology.

Before IIED

  • International Labour Organisation 
  • Green Fund, Development Bank of Southern Africa
  • Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape
  • Environmental Advisory Unit, University of Cape Town


  • PhD (environmental ethics and education), Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • MSc environmental and geographical science, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • BSc environmental and geographical science, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Current work

Najma leads on developing GEC's policy work, which is centred on building the coalition’s strategic focus on the supply and advocacy of policies, practices and institutions for inclusive green economies, in partnership with its 50-plus members.

She works across the major policy themes of a green economy transition including financial system reform; tackling inequality; valuing nature; economic sector reform; and governance – advancing new, transformative policies across these themes as pathways to systemic change.