Foluke Adetola Ojelabi
Social policy officer, UNICEF
Living in: Lagos, Nigeria
Fields of work: poverty reduction, social inclusion, social protection, public finance analysis, public health
Foluke Adetola Ojelabi was born and raised in Northern Nigeria and started her development experience with non-profit organisations as a teenage volunteer. She believes strongly that her life goal is to contribute to making positive change for women and girls, a spark discovered through her curiosity as a child about disparities of resource distribution and the experiences of girls and women in Kano city.
Trained in public health (epidemiology), Foluke joined the Nigerian office of UNICEF, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, in 2016, where she currently serves as a social policy officer. She focuses on working for poverty reduction and social inclusion using innovative social protection interventions, and is passionate about promoting equity and access to services for girls and women. She has worked at community level, nationally and internationally in social policy, health advocacy and the implementation of development projects that aim for equity.
Foluke studied at the University of Ibadan and has an MPH in public health. She is an alumna of the Atlas Corps Fellowship in Washington, DC, and in 2012 was chosen as one of 100 young Commonwealth leaders for leadership training. From 2009-2010, Foluke initiated a health equity dialogue with traditional leaders in Northwestern Nigeria, where she engaged in Kebbi and Niger states with the emirs of Argungu, Koko-Besse, Jega, Tunga-Magajiya, Borgu and Lapai.
She has served as an ambassador in Nigeria for the Girl Rising global project, and was on the technical team coordinating the two-day Women and Girls Summit 2014 in Abuja, a collaborative project between Friends Africa, Nigeria’s National Centre for Women Development and the Office of the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A member of the Roll Back Malaria Communications Community of Practice and Malaria Advocacy Working group from 2013-2015, Foluke is currently a member of the Global Burden of Disease Study collaborative network.