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Samuel Garang Akau’s research interests include Returns to Technical and Vocational Education Trainings (TVETs) in developing countries; contracting and accountability in fragile contexts; opportunities and Perils of China-Africa Resources-for-Infrastructure financing model; the nexus between technology and the rule of law and the role in curtailing cattle rustling phenomenon in the Horn of Africa; and the role of social networks and digital media platforms in expanding or shrinking the civic space.

Before joining UNC-Chapel Hill, Samuel was Co-founder and Executive Director of the Sawa Sawa Network, a multimedia initiative building peace in South Sudan and its Diaspora. Prior to that, Samuel was Lecturer and Deputy Dean for Management at the University of Juba, South Sudan.

Samuel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from Stanford and a Master of Public Policy (Quantitative Methods) from American University.