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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.