Zainab Usman

Senior Fellow and Director
Africa Program
Zainab Usman is a senior fellow and director of the Africa Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Her fields of expertise include institutions, economic policy, energy policy, and emerging economies in Africa.
 

Education

Ph.D., International Development, University of Oxford
MSc, International Political Economy and Development, University of Birmingham
BSc, International Relations, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria

Languages

English; French; Hausa

 

Zainab Usman is a senior fellow and director of the Africa Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Her fields of expertise include institutions, economic policy, energy policy, and emerging economies in Africa. Her forthcoming book, Economic Diversification in Nigeria: the Politics of Building a Post-Oil Economy, is set to be published by Zed/Bloomsbury Press in June 2022.

Prior to Carnegie, Usman was at the World Bank initially as part of the prestigious Young Professionals Program and later as a public sector specialist. At the World Bank, she worked on social sustainability, policy reforms, natural resources management, and disruptive technologies. She has worked on these issues in Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Congo, Serbia, Tanzania, and Uzbekistan. She has also worked at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and has consulted for the Department of International Development (DfID) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in Nigeria.

Usman’s research has been published on various academic, policy, and media platforms. She is co-editor of the book, The Future of Work in Africa: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All. She also contributed to World Bank’s flagship report on Rethinking Power Sector Reforms in Developing Countries. Usman’s other analytical pieces have been published with the journal of African Affairs, the World Bank’s Policy Research and Working Paper Series, and as book chapters in edited volumes with Oxford University Press and James Currey. Her written and broadcast commentary has appeared in Al-Jazeera English, African Arguments, CNN, and Washington Post, among others. 

She sits on the advisory board of the Energy for Growth Hub in Washington, D.C., and on the editorial board of Premium Times in Nigeria.

  • Navigating a Turbulent Future: What to Expect in 2022?
    December 9, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Navigating a Turbulent Future? What to Expect in 2022

    The Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center will be holding its fifth annual conference on Wednesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 9, 2021, to delve deeper into what to expect in 2022.

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  • After the Pandemic: Back to Normal or a New Abnormal?
    December 8, 2021 YouTube @CARNEGIEMENA عربي
    After the Pandemic: Back to Normal or a New Abnormal?

    Join us on Wednesday, December 8 from 16:15-17:30 EET for a public panel discussion with Jihad Azour, Rosa Balfour, Evan A. Feigenbaum and Moíses Naím chaired by Zainab Usman.

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  • Reframing Climate Justice: Low-Income Countries and the Energy Transition
    November 10, 2021 Live Online
    Reframing Climate Justice: Low-Income Countries and the Energy Transition

    Join us for a special event as part of the OECD COP26 Virtual Pavilion on climate justice for low-income countries, co-hosted by the OECD Development Centre and the Carnegie Africa Program.

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  • Responding to African Priorities in U.S.-Africa Relations: Insights from Afrobarometer
    October 28, 2021 Streamed Live from Georgetown University
    Responding to African Priorities in U.S.-Africa Relations: Insights from Afrobarometer

    Join us for a conversation featuring CEO of Afrobarometer Joseph Asunka and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa Travis Adkins to hear about African citizens’ perspectives on local, regional, and global challenges and their implications for U.S.-Africa relations. Dr. Asunka will present key highlights from Afrobarometer’s most recent Round 8 survey of Africans across the continent.

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  • Ocean Nations: An Indo-Pacific Islands Dialogue 
    September 20, 2021 Japan Society, New York City
    Ocean Nations: An Indo-Pacific Islands Dialogue 

    Join us for a special two-day dialogue on security in the Indo-Pacific and island nations' perceptions of regional priorities and challenges.

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  • Can the BRI and B3W Coexist in Africa?
    July 15, 2021 Live Online
    Can the BRI and B3W Coexist in Africa?

    Join us for an in-depth conversation with leading scholars on U.S., China, and Africa policy to discuss whether the BRI and B3W can address Africa’s financing needs and how to avoid the negative spillovers of great power competition on the African continent.

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  • What’s Behind the Unemployment Crisis in Africa’s Largest Economies?
    May 20, 2021 Live Online
    What’s Behind the Unemployment Crisis in Africa’s Largest Economies?

    Join us for an in-depth conversation with government officials, academics, and development partners from Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States to discuss the high rates of unemployment in Africa’s largest economies, its implications for the rest of the continent, and paths to a stable and prosperous future.

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  • Addressing Inequality and Preserving Democracy in South Africa
    April 7, 2021 Live Online
    South Africa: When Inequality and Institutions Collide

    In this symposium, prominent experts engage with the authors of the recent major Carnegie paper, “South Africa: When Strong Institutions and Massive Inequalities Collide,” to probe these tensions and the prospects for South Africa political and economic future.

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  • Between Vaccines and Recovery: EU-Africa Relations to the Test of the Coronavirus Pandemic
    March 29, 2021 Live Online
    From Vaccines to Recovery: A Test for EU-Africa Relations

    In the face of the coronavirus pandemic’s tremendous social and economic costs, African governments are mobilizing to save millions of lives. The support of the European Union will be critical in insuring an equitable distribution of vaccines and a smooth post-pandemic recovery.

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