Jane Marie Ong’olo, PhD: Head of Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups and Drug Control, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr Jane Marie Ong’olo is a social development specialist with substantial cross-functional skills in representation and liaison, advocacy, strategic management and organizational development. Currently heading the Division of Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups and Drug Control, at the African Union Commission, her work includes coordinating policy action with African Union member states in the development and implementation of social development policies and programmes. She previously worked in a wide range of sectors such as health and development, drug control and crime prevention, governance and social protection with the Government of Kenya, the British Council, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Her expertise in drug demand reduction in Africa spans more than 16 years.