Matthew was the U.S. State Department's top Nigeria expert.
Matthew T. Page was until recently the U.S. intelligence community’s top expert on Nigeria. For more than a decade, senior policymakers at the White House, State Department, Defense Department, and in Congress have sought out his analysis on Africa’s most populous country and largest economy. Matthew is the co-author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2017.
Matthew recently joined the Centre for Democracy and Development--an internationally respected research, training, advocacy, and capacity building organization based in Abuja--as a a non-resident fellow. He also is an advisor with Transparency International's London-based Defence and Security Programme. From 2015 to 2016, Matthew was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations.
Previously with the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Matthew also served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Africa with the National Intelligence Council. During his 13 years in the intelligence community, he wrote articles for senior policymakers on a wide range of political, military, and socioeconomic topics affecting Nigeria. He also served as senior analyst for West Africa at the Defense Intelligence Agency and as an Africa analyst with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Matthew has cultivated a robust network of official, academic, civil society, and private sector contacts outside Washington and in Nigeria, where he has traveled widely. He has spoken at the Nigerian National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, the American University of Nigeria, the U.S. National Defense University, the U.S Foreign Service Institute, among others.
Matthew’s Nigeria analysis has received accolades including the a National Intelligence Analysis Award from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, two Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State, and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Civilian Meritorious Service Medal.