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Susana Muhamad

Global Leadership Award, 2024

susana muhamed 2024 global leadership awards honoree

Focus Areas

Climate Action
Governance & Policy Reform

María Susana Muhamad González is a Colombian politician with Palestinian roots. She has served as Colombia’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development since August 7, 2022. 

Muhamad studied Political Science at the Universidad de los Andes and earned a master’s in planning & management of Sustainable Development from the University of Stellenbosch. Following her education, she worked as a Sustainable Development Consultant for Shell Global Solutions International in The Hague, the Netherlands.  

In 2012, Muhamad was appointed Bogotá’s Secretary of the Environment. A year later, she became Secretary General of the Mayor’s Office. In 2019, she was elected Councilor of Bogotá. 

Muhamad is a renowned environmentalist in Colombia and abroad. Her efforts are directed at positioning Colombia as a world power of life. Her advocacy centers around establishing compliance with international agreements on climate change and biodiversity loss, protecting environmental defenders, and fighting against deforestation in the Amazon region.