Michael is the Country Manager for Anglophone Africa, leading the International Secretariat’s support to Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and São Tomé and Príncipe. He is a natural resource governance expert with over 15 years of experience in international development.
Prior to joining EITI, Michael worked for 10 years on the FCDO Facility for Oil Sector Transformation (FOSTER), where he served in a number of roles including as Research and Policy Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser and Programme Manager. He later became Technical Lead for the Accountability workstream, managing support to the implementation of EITI in Nigeria, and supporting multiple stakeholders working on oil and gas sector reforms. In earlier years, Michael worked as a consultant to the World Bank supporting civil society participation in the implementation of EITI in Nigeria. He also led the advocacy component of FCDO-GEMS 2 programme.
Michael earned his PhD in International Development from the University of Birmingham, specialising in natural resource governance. He holds an MSc in International Development from the University of Birmingham, and a BSc in Political Science from the University of Nigeria.
Michael is married with three children. Outside work, he loves engaging in community service and watching football.