Dr Ola Bello is Executive Director, Good Governance Africa (GGA) and holds a First Class degree and MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University. He worked for the UN (New York), Management Systems International (Washington DC), Merchant International Group (London) and Arthur Andersen (later KPMG). Ola’s expertise straddles governance (specialised in extractives and sustainability), investment and political risk analysis, and development programming. He spent 15 years in the UK and Spain (FRIDE) leading EU-Africa development cooperation projects. He then headed SAIIA’s Cape Town office where he was also head of the institute’s Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP) from 2012-2015.
Currently, Ola oversees GGA-Nigeria’s governance research, advocacy and capacity building work as well as GGA’s global extractive governance work involving staff teams based in the Lagos, Accra, Johannesburg and Harare offices. He is also a member AU/UNECA expert group on Africa Mining Vision (AMV) implementation and has served as in-country resource person for AU, UNECA and UNDP technical missions to Nigeria. Recently, Olaco-authored the influential African Union and International Organisation for Migration’s official report “STUDYON THE BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF FREE MOVEMENT OF PERSONS IN AFRICA”. Fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese, he comments regularly in Nigerian and international media.
He will be a speaker on the panel: African Unity: Breaking Down The Barriers.