Sa’eed provides analysis on West Africa, with an emphasis on the political environment in Nigeria. He is based in Control Risks’ Lagos (Nigeria) office, from which he advises organizations looking to enter or expand their operations in the region. Sa’eed regularly contributes to Control Risks’ online subscription services, highlighting developments in the region relevant to clients. He also delivers bespoke consulting engagements spanning political, regularity, security and integrity issues.
Prior to joining Control Risks, Sa’eed worked on independent research and consulting projects focused on Nigeria and covering the areas of conflict, natural resource governance, press freedom, and public sector reform. He has worked with the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) at the University of Birmingham, Freedom House in New York, the Natural Resource Governance Institute in London, and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. Sa’eed is currently completing a PhD at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. His thesis focuses on the development of political parties in Nigeria, examining the electoral influence of emerging forms of popular participation and youth activism. Sa’eed holds an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Hope College, Michigan.
Sa’eed speaks Hausa and basic French.