Dr. Oladiran Bello obtained both his MPhil and PhD degrees in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and also holds a First Class BSc degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Before joining SAIIA, he worked for several organisations including the United Nations (New York), FRIDE (Madrid), Management Systems International (Washington DC), Merchant International Group (London) and Arthur Andersen (later KPMG).
His research interests include development, security, resources and governance in Africa and in EU-Africa relations. Dr Bello is a regular commentator in the print media and also appears on major news channels including Al Jazeera, TVE (Spain) and TV Intereconomia (Spain). Dr Bello has lectured on Development Cooperation and EU-Africa Relations in B.Sc and Masters programmes at the Universidad CEU San Pablo (Madrid), ESSCA (France) and Diplomatic Academy (Vienna).