Today (5 February), the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey met with Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade, Adan Mohamed, to discuss various issues of bilateral interest to stimulate growth and prosperity between the two countries.
Mr Mohamed was born to Somali parents in the town of El Wak, Mandera District, Kenya, where he also had his primary and secondary education.
One of only two pupils at Mandera Primary School to make it to high school, Adan proceeded to the University of Nairobi, from where he graduated in 1989 with a first class BCom degree.
After joining Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), he was sent to London for training as a chartered accountant, later switching his focus to consulting, and was posted to Shell in Nigeria for three years in this capacity.
In 1994, Aden decided to pursue an MBA at the Harvard Business School, which he completed in 1998.
After receiving his MBA, Aden returned to Kenya where he joined the country’s Barclays branch as a Finance Director, rising through the ranks until eventually becoming the bank’s Managing Director for East and West Africa. Under his tenure, Barclays Bank of Kenya won the Banker Awards 2009.
On 25 April 2013, Mr Mohammed was named as Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization, one of 18 Cabinet Secretary nominees to the new Uhuru Kenyatta administration and was sworn into office on 15 May 2013.