Samuel Atiku serves as a senior program officer at the International Budget Partnership. Prior to joining the Center in 2019, Samuel was the Lead policy/data analyst and Head of Research for five years at BudgIT Foundation, a West Africa-based Non-Governmental organisation. Over his more than 14-year career as a researcher, Samuel has written extensively on a range of fiscal policy issues including Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM), Digital economy, Public debt sustainability (PDS), Budget Credibility, Cost of governance, Expenditure efficiency and effectiveness (E, E & E), Program based budgeting (PBP) and Fiscal Transparency, Participation, and Accountability.

His advocacy work covers developmental policies and transparency in public finance, health, agriculture, food security, digital economy and trade, engaging Policy Makers and citizen lead groups regularly in the last 14 years.

He is a 2020 alumni of the US Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program, a professional exchange program where he focused on “Transparency and Ethics in Government”.

Samuel holds a Masters by Research (MRes) in Public Administration from the University of Portsmouth, UK – where his research focused on budgetary changes during periods of economic crisis. He is an Alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School (Applying Behavioural Insights to the Design of Public Policy).