Senior Fellow (non-resident), Nigerian Economic Summit Group


Dapel was awarded a PhD in Economics by the University of Dundee, Scotland UK. He previously graduated from the University of Jos in Nigeria with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics. Following the completion of his bachelor’s degree, Dapel became a high school economics tutor for the One Year Mandatory National Youth Service in South-Western Nigeria. He further served on the academic staff at the Department of Economics University of Jos while he undertook a PhD program in Economics at the University of Dundee. He was also a graduate teaching assistant at Dundee starting in January 2013. His PhD research focused on poverty mobility, inequality, and oil in Nigeria. Previously, Dapel has worked as a part-time consultant with the Overseas Development Institute, Policy Associates, ICRISAT, African Finance Corporation, PwC and as an adjunct lecturer at Nigerian Television Authority TV College Jos, where he taught Media and the Economy (foundations of economic analysis) to 4th year students of TV Journalism.

Dapel has been a contributing writer for the US Foreign Policy Magazine and leading Nigerian national dailies and has been interviewed for his research by BBC world services on Poverty in Nigeria.

In 2020, he received The British Academy Exceptional Talent Endorsement, and three years before this, he won SIRE (Scottish Institute for Research in Economics) grant and became a public policy fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and IDRC fellow at the Center for Global Development Washington, D.C, USA. He had two career stints in Canada. One as a visiting scholar at the International Development Research Center, Ottawa Ontario and one as a guest lecturer in economics at Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Selected publications

Z. Dapel, 2019. ‘African countries are behind on progress towards poverty reduction goals‘. The Conversation.

Z. Dapel, 2018. ‘Tracking Poverty in Nigeria‘. U.S. News.

Z. Dapel, 2018. ‘Three Decades of Poverty Mobility in Nigeria: The Trapped, the Freed, and the Never Trapped.’ Center For Global Development.

Z. Dapel, 2018 ‘Poverty in Nigeria: Understanding and Bridging the Divide between North and South‘. Blog Post. Center For Global Development.

Z. Dapel, 2018.Will the Poor in Nigeria Escape Poverty in Their Lifetime? Center For Global Development.

Z. Dapel. 2017. ‘Poverty in an Oil Rich Country: the Nigerian Situation’. Issues in African Political Economies’ Edited by: Toyin Falola, Jamaine Abidogun. Carolina Academic Press, Durham.