Safiya Bichi is an energetic and passionate development practitioner with specific interests in democracy development, women’s inclusion and social science research. As Head of Knowledge Management and Learning at Yiaga Africa, she conducts research on the legislature, social accountability, youth development, elections and political participation. In addition, she monitors and evaluates the organization’s processes and programs.
Prior to her current role, she worked as a Mathematics and Statistics Tutor at Owobolo Learning Centre, Jos; Assistant Planning Officer, Nigeria College of Aviation, Zaria and First Data Quality Assurance Manager of the Millenium Village Project. She has also consulted for the Nigerian National Assembly Needs Assessment Committee.
Since joining Yiaga Africa in 2013, she has been a Senior Research Officer and a Pre-Election and Data Manager for the Watching the Vote – PVT project.
Safiya was born and raised in Jos, and obtained her Bachelors’ Degree in Mathematics from the University of Jos. She also has a Master’s Degree in Statistics from the Ahmadu Bello University and is currently a PhD candidate in the same university.
She is a United States Department of State IVLP Alumna, a YALI TechCamp Fellow, a member of Partners for Electoral Reform (PER), and a member of the Strategy Team of the #NotTooYoungToRun Movement. She is also a member of the Nigeria Statistical Society (NSS) and Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA).
She volunteers in voter education activities in the grassroots and constantly collaborates with institutions and organizations that strengthen electoral processes, good governance and democratic values in Nigeria and Africa.