Making policies work

San Bilal

  • Economic governance
  • Private sector and development
  • Domestic resource mobilisation
  • Emerging players in Africa
  • Extractive sectors and development
  • Trade and development
  • EPAs
  • Regional integration processes
  • Capacity development
  • Aid for trade


Dr. Sanoussi Bilal is a Senior Executive and Head of Programme at ECDPM in Maastricht, the Netherlands and in Brussels, Belgium, where he is based. He heads the Trade, Investment and Finance team of ECDPM’s Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme.

With a background in economics and international relations, he has a PhD in international economics from the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom), a Master from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

Before joining ECDPM, he worked at the Overseas Development Institute (United Kingdom), the European Institute of Public Administration (the Netherlands) and the Economics Department of the University of Geneva. His expertise relates mainly to economic and trade issues for inclusive growth, regional integration processes and development, with a focus on Africa and the ACP-EU relations (including economic partnership agreements).

His current activities focus on the structural transformation dynamics in Africa and financing for development, and include projects on trade and development; sustainable global value chains; EPAs; dynamics of regional integration processes in Africa; aid for trade; private sector and development; economic diplomacy; (resource-based) industrialisation; and emerging players in Africa. He is the author of numerous publications, as well as the founding editor of the magazine GREAT Insights dedicated to governance, regional integration, agriculture and trade matters. Dr. Bilal is also a Fellow at the West African Institute.

External publications and contributions

    EU trade policy for sustainable food systems

    Publications | Published on 16-10-2020

    Strengthening the Local Dimension of Blended Finance

    Publications | Published on 06-07-2020

    Reshaping the EU ‘private finance for development' landscape

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 24-05-2018

    Leveraging private investment for sustainable development

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 24-05-2018

    About Great Insights

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 08-01-2018

    Towards more sustainable food systems - Editorial

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 12-09-2017

    Sustainable food systems

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 12-09-2017

    On the political economy of reforms in the extractive sector

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 10-07-2017

    San Bilal

    Head of Programme Trade, Investment and Finance | Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme




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