I am a political economist based in Washington D.C., United States. I work at the intersection of institutions, policy and politics in economic development, energy, natural resources and the future of work.

My day job is as Director of the Africa Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. More information about my work is available on Google Scholar, the publications page on this website and my resume on LinkedIn.

I was previously at the World Bank where I worked as a Public Sector Specialist.

I obtained my doctorate (DPhil) at the University of Oxford, my master of science (MSc.) from the University of Birmingham and my bachelor of science (BSc) from Ahmadu Bello University.

This website aggregates my work on policy – analysis, commentary, research and collaborations. 

Contact me at: usmanzainab[at]hotmail[dot]com