Olaniyi Olaleye joined the International Budget Partnership in 2021 as a Program Officer, Budget Credibility in Nigeria. Previously, he was a Senior Research Analyst at BudgIT Foundation. Olaniyi earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University. Ile-Ife and holds a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Olaniyi has written and co-published technical papers on budgeting, fiscal realism, sub-national transparency and inequality. His interest includes unearthing underlying public finance management issues in the social sectors. Olaniyi has managed core governance programs supporting National and International Development Partners and has led a series of campaigns to improve fiscal transparency and accountability at the National and Sub-national levels in Nigeria.
Samuel Atiku serves as a technical coordinator at the International Budget Partnership, a Washington DC-based think tank working to advance public budget systems that work for people, not special interests. Prior to joining the Center in 2019, Samuel was the Head of Research and lead Data Analyst at BudgIT Foundation, a Nigerian-based Non-Governmental organisation.
Samuel has written extensively on a range of fiscal policy issues covering 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.
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. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Kenny Oleru joined the International Budget Partnership as a SPARK Program Officer in March 2019. He is based in Nigeria. Prior to joining IBP, Kenny worked for Christian Aid Nigeria and ActionAid Nigeria as a Governance Program Officer and Campaigns Coordinator. Kenny also has experience of working with civil society groups and mobilizing grassroots communities to influence change processes and vast knowledge of partnership management, social accountability, campaigns, and advocacy planning.
Kenny has a keen interest in humanitarian, health, gender, governance, and social change communication and advocacy. He is passionate about rural development and using a rights-based approach to facilitate increased citizen voices in decision-making. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Federal University Dutse, Nigeria and a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology from Federal University of Technology Owerri. He is constantly looking for new and improved ways to influence service delivery for the benefit of majority poor masses and to drive sustainable development through progressive social change.
Austin joined the International Budget Partnership in June 2018 as the Country Manager for Nigeria. Prior to joining IBP, Austin worked with DFID’s flagship governance reform and public sector accountability program in Nigeria (Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn, or PERL), where he served as Federal Reform Manager. Austin managed the team that facilitated improvements in the linkages between policy-making, strategic planning, budgeting, and service delivery, and contributed to strengthening inter-governmental coordination between the federal and state governments. Previously, he was the Component Manager for Public Finance Management in DFID’s Federal Public Administration Reform Program (FEPAR), where he supported reforms initiated by Office of the Vice President. Austin was involved in the successful transition from the predecessor SPARC/SAVI/FEPAR suite of DFID programs to the PERL suite.
Austin’s roots are in civil society, working with the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) in Lagos state, where he managed a small core team and over 3,000 volunteers. He was instrumental to the emergence of civil society networks and coalitions on accountable governance at the state and local government levels. He founded and edited the Budget-Track Newsletter between 2006 and 2008.
Austin is finalizing an MA in Public Policy and Management at the University of York, United Kingdom, having already obtained a Postgraduate Diploma from the same institution. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, as well as a B.Sc. from University of Jos – all in Nigeria. He is also a certified Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessor.