Event Recap May 17, 2021
African contributions to the climate finance conversation
By Africa Center
On Monday, May 17, the Africa Center hosted an event on how to foster inclusive, green growth for African countries, featuring an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts. The event also served as the launch of Ms. Emilie Bel’s new Africa Center report, Growing Green: Catalyzing Climate Finance in African Markets.
Report May 14, 2021
Growing green: Catalyzing climate finance in African markets
By Emilie Bel
While African countries are the most impacted by the effects of climate change, the continent is home to an abundance of natural resources and vibrant economic prospects. To face the climate emergency, overcome the economic shock of COVID-19, and ensure that African economic development is sustainable, growth can only be green. However, tapping into Africa's vast potential will require mobilizing billions in investment for infrastructure.
AfricaSource Oct 14, 2021
For Africa to go green, the private sector must step up. Could COP26 provide an answer?
By Emilie Bel
The continent possesses an abundance of renewable-energy-production capabilities—but capitalizing on its potential remains a challenge.
AfricaSourceMay 5, 2023
The EU global investment initiative that could close Africa’s infrastructure gap
By Emilie Bel
The initiative could provide the African continent with the billions needed to close the infrastructure gap. But for it to be a success, several conditions must be met.
Emilie Bel is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.
Bel notably focuses on green finance, infrastructure, and economic development. She brings her expertise as an international-affairs expert with a financial background and a decade-long experience working in Brussels, Paris, and Washington, DC.
She is currently deputy to the director of public affairs and head of international affairs at the French Insurance Federation (France Assureurs). In this position, she manages institutional engagement on financial issues at European institutions, international organizations (like the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors), and multilateral fora (like the Group of Twenty and the Business Twenty). She also oversees cooperation with African partners.
Bel is also a consultant for the World Bank, where she advises on financial inclusion and microinsurance in Africa, supporting authorities in drafting their financial regulation to better foster inclusive economic development.
Bel earned a master’s degree in public and European affairs from Paris-Dauphine University and a master’s degree from Sciences Po Paris in international affairs and economic development with a focus on Africa. At present, Bel volunteers as a guest lecturer across various universities including George Washington University, American University, and Paris-Dauphine University.