Shaun Shelly

Policy, Advocacy and Human Rights Manager

Shaun is TB HIV Care’s Policy, Advocacy and Human Rights Manager for People Who Use Drugs and in this role is the founder of SA Drug Policy Week. He also holds a post at the University of Pretoria, Department of Family Medicine, where he and a team are implementing a Community Oriented Primary Care approach to address drug use in the City of Tshwane. He is currently completing an MPhil in Addictions Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town.

Shaun Shelly is the current Deputy-Secretary of the United Nations Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs. Shaun is dedicated to the understanding of drug use, the rights of people who use drugs, and the development of effective drug policy. He brings academic, programmatic, research and lived experience together into a 360 degree-view of the complex issues that inform our understanding of, and response to, the use of certain drugs, and the people that use them.

Shaun is on the strategic sub-committee for the International Drug Policy Consortium and is on the advisory board for the Harm reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support network (HAMS) and Families for Sensible Drug Policy. He is the current co-chair of SANPUD and sits on a variety of expert panels locally and internationally.

Shaun was awarded the 2016 Society of Psychiatrists SASOP Special Achievement Award for advancing the field of Psychiatry based on his notable contribution in advocating for positive change in the field of addictions, addressing the stigma and difficult socioeconomic circumstances associated with addiction as well as his contributions in lecturing and ongoing research. He was also a 2016 Open Society Foundations International Drug Policy Fellow.