Mayor of the World


Interview (January 3, 2018, Komtar) with Dato’ Maimunah Sharif, then-mayor of Penang and newly installed Executive Director of UN Habitat, based in Nairobi

On December 22, 2017, the mayor of Penang, Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif, was appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). She was only six months into her position as mayor. (She was sworn in on July 1, 2017).

After George Town was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in July 2008, she was given the responsibility to set up George Town World Heritage Incorporated. She was also the first woman to be appointed president of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP), which took place in 2011, and is now the first Asian and first woman to lead and manage UN-Habitat, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

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