Our Researchers

This “Researcher Spotlight” series features ICTD researchers who have contributed significantly to work on our key thematic areas. 


Dr. Merima Ali

Dr. Merima Ali is an ICTD researcher with interests in private sector development and taxation; as well as other development issues like health. She is also a Senior Researcher at the Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI) and a Research Assistant Professor at Syracuse University. Read more




Dr. Samuel Jibao

Dr. Samuel Jibao is an ICTD researcher whose main area of interest is public economics with special focus on taxation. He holds a PhD in Economics and has done extensive research on tax, both at the national and sub-national levels. Read more


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Dr. Jalia Kangave

Dr. Jalia Kangave has a legal background with extensive professional experience in tax law and research. Read more

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Milly Nalukwago

Though many know Milly Nalukwago as the Assistant Commissioner – in charge of Research, Planning and Development – at the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), she wears many hats.

She is the head of the East African Revenue Authorities Technical Committee (EARATC) research sub-committee. She is also one of ICTD’s key researchers in Africa as well as a member of ICTD’s Center Advisory Group (CAG).

The Makerere University-trained revenue administrator is very passionate about her work. She has extensive research and tax revenue analysis experience within Uganda and the East African region, and has authored a number of studies, both for the URA and the ICTD. Read more


Vanessa van den Boogaard

Vanessa is currently a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Toronto, specializing in Comparative Politics and Development Studies.

Her dissertation research explores the role of informal and non-state taxation in governance and development, in areas of weak state authority, and the ways in which state and non-state taxation relate to the formation of political order in conflict-affected countries. Her supervisor is Dr. Wilson Prichard, who, along with being a Research Director at the ICTD, is a Professor at the University Toronto.

Prior to starting her doctoral studies in 2014, she worked at the ICTD as a Research Officer, collaborating on research with Wilson and Samuel Jibao, and conducting field research in Ghana and Sierra Leone. Additionally, She has worked with the Conflict-Affected and Fragile Countries operational group of the World Bank in Washington, Kenya, Sudan, and South Sudan, and held various other research and teaching assistantships. Read more