Abdoul Salam Bello 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Africa Center

201905 ASBello

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African Security, Fiscal and structural reform, Governance, Infrastructure, Innovation


Africa, Mali, Sahel, SubSaharan Africa, West Africa


French, Fulani, Hausa

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Abdoul Salam Bello is a senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. He also serves as advisor to the executive director at the World Bank Group, where he assists the representation of 23 African countries at the institution’s Executive Board.

Bello previously served as chief of staff to the CEO of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), where he provided strategic counsel, created and maintained cross-departmental relationships, and lead coordination activities with key strategic partners including the United Nations, the African Development Bank, and the World Bank Group. He also worked for the Islamic Development Bank Group in Saudi Arabia and for the Renault Group in France.

Bello is an IT engineer. He holds a master’s degree from the HEC School of Management in Paris, France; a master’s degree in the management of international activities from the University of Lyon III; and a master’s degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from the University of Paris Orsay. He also holds a certificate in strategy from the Paris Military School.

He is the author of a book on regionalization in Africa, published by L'Harmattan in France. Bello’s recent works cover topics on the development and security nexus in the Sahel region, relations between China and Africa, the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, and infrastructure development.

Abdoul Salam Bello is a Nigerien national.