Shona Olalere

Shona Olalere
Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Santa Monica Office


MSc. in policy analysis and global governance, University of the West of Scotland; M.A. in international relations, Cyprus International University; B.A in history and international studies, Bowen University


Shona Olalere is a Ph.D. student in the Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream at Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. She has an M.Sc. in policy analysis and global governance from the University of the West of Scotland, an M.A. in international relations from Cyprus International University, and a B.A. in history and international studies from Bowen University, as well as certificates in public policy, policy analysis, and global diplomacy. 

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she co-founded the Centre for the Digitisation of African Languages. She was also the technical analyst for a working group supporting Nigeria’s recently approved Medium-Term National Development Plan (2021–2025). She has worked as a senior analyst at Helium Health, policy lead at the consulting firm StateCraft Inc, and a senior adviser at ElectHER. 

Her research interests include governance, global development, impact evaluation, inclusive policymaking, policy and program implementation, international relations, the public sector, e-governance, and digital health.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Co-founder and Board Member, Centre for the Digitization of Indigenous African Languages (CDIAL); Senior Advisor, Policy Innovation and Programme, ElectHER

Previous Positions

Senior Analyst, Public Health & Data Partnerships and Strategy, Helium Health (Aug 2020-Aug 2022); Senior Policy & Governance Consultant, StateCraft Inc (June 2019 - December 2021)


English; Yoruba