Sharon Capeling-Alakija, O.C. (1944–2003) was a Canadian development administrator. She was born and grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where she completed her elementary, secondary and tertiary education, graduating in 1966 with a B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan. In the early 1960s she taught history in Saskatoon, leaving Canada In the late 60s and early 70s to teach in Tanzania and Barbados. She became involved with NGOs and enhancing their effectiveness, in particular playing a central role in CUSO (Canadian University Service Overseas).
Between 1989 and 1994 she was Director of UNIFEM and developed initiatives for UNIFEM in favour of the international women's movement to assist women at policy and grassroots levels. While at UNIFEM, she established the Noel Foundation Life Award, whose recipients included the late Mother Teresa, Corazon Aquino and Cheng Yen.
From 1994 to 1997, she was Director of Evaluation and Strategic Planning at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
From 1997 until her death in 2003, she was Executive Coordinator of United Nations Volunteers, spearheading the highly successful International Year of Volunteers in 2001 and the move of the Online Volunteering Service from NetAid. She also oversaw the buildup of UNV's largest single presence to date, in East Timor, during its transition towards independence; some 3,000 UN Volunteers from more than 100 countries supported the East Timor Public Administration, including electoral processes.