IfAD Public Talk Series

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US-China Competition: Implications for Africa’s Trade and Development

Speaker: Zainab Usman, Senior Fellow and Director, Africa Program Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Time: 03:00-4:30 PM (AZ), Tuesday, 10 March 2023
Location: Zoom
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Bio: 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. Prior to Carnegie, Dr. 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 the Department of International Development (DfID) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in Nigeria.

Dr. Usman is author of the book, Economic Diversification in Nigeria: the Politics of Building a Post-Oil Economy, and co-editor of the book, The Future of Work in Africa: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All.

Dr. Usman written and broadcast commentary has appeared in Al-Jazeera English, BBC, Foreign Affairs, Project Syndicate, The Washington Post, among others. Dr. Usman obtained her doctorate from the University of Oxford.

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