Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Maimunah Mohd Sharif is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme . Prior to this appointment, she was the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. She began her career as a town planner at the Municipal Council of Penang Island in 1985. In 2003, she was promoted to Director of Planning and Development. In November 2009, as its General Manager, Ms. Sharif established George Town World Heritage Incorporated and managed the George Town World Heritage Site, which was inscribed by UNESCO. In 2011, she became the first woman to be appointed President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai. On 11 January 2018, she received an award from the Malaysia Book of Records for being the first Asian woman to be appointed as Executive Director of UN-Habitat.