Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon

Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa International Labour Organization (ILO)

Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon is the Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Prior to her appointment to this position, Ms Samuel-Olonjuwon was the Deputy Regional Director for Africa. She joined the ILO in 1995, where she has held different positions in Headquarters in Geneva and the field, including Chief of the ILO Programming Unit for Africa.

She has more than 33 years’ experience of dedicated and passionate service promoting decent work for women and men, gender equality, youth employment, SME development, elimination of child labour and enhanced labour migration. She served along with the African Development Bank President on the High-level Panel on Migration chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ms Samuel-Olonjuwon was identified by the African Rating Firm, Avance Media, as one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2019.