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Olamide Samuel

Special Envoy of the Executive Secretary of the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE)

Twitter: @olamideDIY

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Dr Olamide Samuel is a Special Envoy of the Executive Secretary of the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE). He is also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Leicester. Previously, Olamide led the European Leadership Network’s ‘Protecting the Non-Proliferation Treaty‘ programme during his Policy Fellowship. Olamide completed his Postdoctoral research as a Research Associate in Nuclear Politics at the University of Leicester, and as a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS University of London. While at SOAS, Olamide lectured in the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, teaching MA courses on International Security, and Diplomatic Practice. In addition, Olamide led the university’s global nuclear disarmament programme, SCRAP Weapons, from 2019 to 2021. He led the programme’s efforts to strengthen arms control diplomacy at the United Nations and African Union.

In 2020, Olamide was appointed as a member of the Vatican Covid-19 Security Task Force inaugurated by Pope Francis. In this capacity, he convened the Global #FreezeWeapons Campaign which was adopted by the Holy See. Olamide has worked closely with various states, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and the Managing the Atom Project at Harvard University, to advance nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. He sits on the advisory boards of various non-profit organisations, including the Nuclear Information Servicedemilitarise education1.2 Diaries, Centre de Recherche et d’Information pour le Désarmement et Sécurité, among others.

Olamide holds an MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy (2015), and a PhD in Security and Intelligence (2019), both from the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS). He also holds a B.ILD in International Law and Diplomacy, from Babcock University (2009).

Olamide’s regularly comments on security and defense issues to global media outlets, and has been featured on Al-JazeeraThe BBCFrance 24allAfrica, ChannelsTV and more.


  • Nuclear Risk Reduction
  • Nuclear Safety and Security
  • Security and Intelligence Tradecraft and Machinery
  • Multilateral Diplomatic Practice

Content by Olamide Samuel


Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine continues to threaten the nuclear order’s grand bargain

On the second anniversary of Putin’s war in Ukraine, Olamide Samuel writes that the invasion has upset the fragile balance of obligations in the NPT’s bargain by dramatically increasing the perceived salience of nuclear weapons and reigniting motivations for proliferation. In response, nuclear weapon states choosing to reinforce their extended deterrence commitments inadvertently devalues the wider framework of security assurances granted to non-nuclear weapon states and the perceived value of the NPT’s grand bargain.

27 February 2024 | Olamide Samuel

Ok, Doomer! The NEVER Podcast – Nuclear War: What is it good for?

Listen to the second episode of the NEVER podcast – Ok, Doomer! In this episode, we explore nuclear war, the first man-made existential risk. Featuring an introduction to the topic, disarmament versus deterrence, how governments have dealt with issues such as proliferation, and how they should respond to them in future.