Event RecapMay 25, 2021
Mali coup: White House official calls for ‘unconditional and immediate’ release of president and prime minister
By Africa Center
Speaking at the Atlantic Council's Africa Day celebration, White House official Dana Banks responded to topical issues in African affairs, including the coup in Mali, calling for "the unconditional and immediate release of the president and the prime minister."
Event RecapDec 16, 2020
Fighting for influence in Africa: Report launch events held with the Policy Center for the New South
By Africa Center
On Monday, December 14, and Wednesday, December 16, the Africa Center and the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) hosted joint public events to launch twin reports on the evolving roles of the traditional and emerging external powers in Africa, with the events focusing regionally on the Red Sea and the Sahel.
Abdoul Salam Bello is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. He currently serves as alternate executive director of the Africa Group II at the World Bank Group Board of Directors where he represents 23 African countries. He brings extensive experience in economic development, multilateral trade cooperation and diplomacy. Bello most recently served as senior project officer at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), leading a land restoration program in the Sahel. Prior to that, he was advisor to the executive director of the Africa Group II at the World Bank Group from 2014 to 2019.
Between 2007 and 2014, he held a series of senior positions in multilateral institutions. They included chief of staff at the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) in South Africa, and economist at the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia. Prior to that, Bello worked in the private sector, including as assistant project manager at Renault France in 2005.
Bello holds a master’s degree in International Risk Management from HEC Paris, France; a master’s degree in Management of International Activities from the University of Lyon; a master’s degree in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations from Paris-Sud University; and an engineer’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Toulon, France. Bello also graduated from the Executive Education Program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard Kennedy School, USA.
Bello has authored two books: Les Etats-Unis et l’Afrique, de l’esclavage à Obama (L’Harmattan, 2019) and La régionalisation en Afrique: Essai sur un processus d’intégration et de développement (L’Harmattan, 2017).