Akito joined the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in March 2020.
He focuses primarily on conducting education research on the Akelius programme. Prior to joining UNICEF, Office of Research, Akito gained field experiences working on a randomized control trial program in Uganda and disseminating academic knowledge to policymakers in Nepal through policy briefs. He also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank to evaluate a large-scale government early childhood development program in Nicaragua. With the World Bank, he conducted research on urban poverty and labor market outcomes in Ethiopia. He holds a Master of Economics from the University of Tokyo and is currently completing his Ph.D. degree in Applied Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.