Mariam Lady Yunusa

Mrs. Mariam Lady Yunusa, a versatile Urban Planner and multi-talented development expert with more than four decades’ experience in academic and public service is a Nigerian national. She retired from the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) in December 2015 as the Director of Partners and Inter-Agency Coordination, with oversight on the Addis Ababa Liaison Office.

Mrs. Yunusa’s contribution to urban development spans 30 years of technical support to African countries to reduce slums and advance robust housing within integrated national policy frameworks. She is versed in the coordination of multi-sectoral recovery and transformative programs within the framework of decentralized urban governance.  

As Coordinator of the World Urban Forum, Mrs Yunusa worked to lift the dialogue on urbanization as a catalytic force for national economy to a global level. She initiated Urban Agenda Programme which main thrust has been to persuade African leaders and decision makers that urbanization is a driver of structural transformation and a key factor for the attainment of Agenda 2063. The Common African Position on Habitat III (CAPH3) as the main outcome of the African Urban Agenda is an embodiment of Africa’s unity of purpose and common voice.

Mrs. Yunusa joined the UN after an accomplished career in public service in Nigeria where she served in different capacities including as a Civil Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development of Adamawa State. She is currently chairperson of the management board of Ladisgold Projects Ltd (, a construction and real estate company which is focused on delivering quality structures to public and private clients. She is engaged in several humanitarian initiatives which focus on mentoring and empowering the youth, especially young women. She is passionate about promoting unity and supporting the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the communities that have suffered the devastation of Boko Haram terrorists’ insurgence in Northeastern Nigeria. 

Mrs. Yunusa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Diplomas in Leadership, Management, Theology, and in Practical French.