Newly appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Dato Maimunah Mohd Sharif served as President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai (MPSP), Malaysia. She holds a Master of Science in planning studies from University Science Malaysia, Penang and also a degree in Town Planning Studies from University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom. Her career begins from 1985 to 2003 as Town Planning Officer at Municipal Council Of Penang Island. In 2003 she was promoted as a Director, Department of Planning and Development till November 2009. During Habitat III in October 2017, she was awarded the Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award for her contributions to sustainable planning in Seberang Perai.