Mohamed Yahya is a Development and Conflict Prevention Specialist for the United Nations
Development Programme. He is currently the UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria. He
heads UNDP in Nigeria and is also responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day
management of UNDP Country Office and has overall responsibility for the UNDP programme
and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities. Prior to his
appointment, Mohamed was UNDP’s post-conflict recovery specialist supporting UN
interventions in Afghanistan, Guinea Bissau and Liberia. Before joining the UN, Mohamed
worked as a senior peacebuilding advisor for the non-governmental organisation, International
Alert, with a focus on West Africa.
Mohamed has written articles that centre on development in Africa in several international
publications such as Time Magazine, The Guardian, Project Syndicate and Washington Post. His
publications include ‘Scaling Fences’ which seeks to help broaden and better inform public
debate, and to support policymakers in forging evidence-based, humane and productive long-
term approaches to the phenomenon of migration. He also wrote ‘The Journey to Extremism’
which aims to generate improved understanding about the incentives and drivers of violent
extremism, as expressed by recruits to the continent’s deadliest groups themselves.
Mohamed holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict and Development Studies, and a Bachelor’s
Degree in Politics and History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of
London, United Kingdom.