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Jan 15, 2021

Atlantic Council hosts foreign minister of Somalia for a high-level roundtable

By Africa Center

On Friday, January 15, the Africa Center and the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative co-hosted a private roundtable featuring H.E. Mohamed Abdirizak, the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia. In his remarks, Mr. Abdirizak addressed issues of security, governance, elections, and regional relationships from Somalia’s perspective.

Africa Civil Society


Dec 22, 2020

African outlook 2021: The Africa Center reflects on 2020 and looks ahead

By Africa Center

African nations have mostly escaped the heavy death toll and hospital bed shortages faced by Western countries, but the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a disproportionately severe blow to the continent’s economic ambitions. Fortunately, robust collaboration between African public and private sectors, and particularly innovative financing measures from African development institutions—including members of the Africa Center’s […]

Africa Coronavirus

Event Recap

Dec 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.

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Gabriel Negatu is a nonresident senior fellow with the Africa Center. He is also currently affiliated with Invest Afrique Inc., a strategy and advisory group promoting and facilitating investments into Africa. He regularly advises governments and corporations on matters of economic reform, good governance, and regional integration.

Until 2019, he was African Development Bank director general for Eastern Africa, with portfolio management responsibility for lending and non-lending operations valued at more than $9 billion across thirteen countries. His portfolio mix included power, transport, water/sanitation, agriculture, and human development, which was financed through sovereign, non-sovereign, policy-based, and sector-specific project finance instruments. He also oversaw transaction advisory services, analytics, and knowledge products.

Previously, Negatu established and directed the Bank’s Economic and Financial Governance Department, responsible for economic/financial reforms in over twenty-five countries during the global financial crisis. He started his career in the Bank’s Policy & Compliance Review Department where he managed relations with stakeholder groups and mainstreamed innovations such as impact assessments and the Paris Declarations on Harmonization and Alignment.

Negatu completed advanced studies at major institutions including the University of Pittsburgh, the Harvard University School of Business, and the University of Manchester. He is a widely sought-after speaker and strategist, serves on several boards, and is featured in leading publications on Africa.