Diego Olivera, Secretary General, National Drug Commission / President, Institute for Regulation and Control of Cannabis (Uruguay)

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on November 2, 1979. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, awarded by the University of the Republic (UDELAR).

He was appointed by the President of the Republic, Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, as Secretary General of the National Drug Commission, where he has remained in office as from July 1, 2016. In addition, since November 2017 he has held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Regulation and Control of Cannabis of Uruguay (IRCCA).

He built a career in planning, formulating and managing public policies. In this sector, he was able to combine his vocation for public and social service with the development of specific skills in the academic, institutional and political sphere. Among his responsibilities were drawing up plans and projects, and building and leading teams with a significant impact on the different areas of their operating, institutional and political management.

Between 2012 and 2016, he was the General Coordinator of the program “Jóvenes en Red”, implemented by the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES), where he participated in the inter-institutional development program, targeted at out-of-school and out-of-work youth who have other vulnerability indicators. He was the Coordinator of the Youth and Social Vulnerability Area of the National Youth Institute, where he implemented public policies aimed at socially disadvantaged youth.

Between 2002 and 2012, he participated in different programs of the NGO El Abrojo, ANEP, Fundación Telefónica – ORT, with a focus on the individual, family and community approach at the socio-educational level to modify the harsh living conditions.

At the academic level, he held a teaching position at the Department of Social Work within the UDELAR.

He completed a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the Catholic University of Uruguay. His thesis is currently underway.