Mr. John Olela

Mr. John Olela

Director, Sustainable Development Goals Coordination Directorate

Mr. John Olela was appointed Director of Economic Planning in 2020 having risen through the ranks from Economist II and serving in several Ministries. Prior to his current posting at the SDG directorate, he was the Director of Planning and head of the Central Planning and Project Monitoring Department at the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry. He has also worked at the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife as well as the Ministry of Information and Communication in the economic planning function. Before joining the economic planning function, he worked in Turkana, Kericho and Bureti districts as the District Information Officer under the Department of Information.

He holds a Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Nairobi as well as a Post graduate diploma in Mass Communication from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC).

He has attended various performance improvement courses including Professional Certificate in International Trade Policy and Negotiation, University of Adelaide, Australia;  Leadership and Policy implementation Programme, Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute, ESAMI, Tanzania ; Balanced Scorecard Professional Certificate, Balanced Scorecard Institute in Collaboration with George Washington University of Professional Studies, Dubai; Strategic Leadership Development Programme, Kenya School of Government; Senior Management Course, Kenya Institute of Administration, Nairobi ; Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation, Kenya Institute of Administration, Nairobi; and Advanced Project Management Course, East and Southern Africa Management Institute, ESAMI, Mbabane, Swaziland.

Mr. Olela has a wide experience in Economic Development Planning in the public sector; Policy Formulation and analysis; Monitoring and Evaluation of Programmes and projects; Budget development and management under the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework MTEF; Strategic Planning; and Performance Contract coordination, monitoring and reporting. At the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, he coordinated the Environment and Natural Resources Government-Development Partners working group as the secretary to the group among other key responsibilities.

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