AFRI – CIRD was founded by Mohammed Bello (B.Sc. MDS, MCPSS) who serves as the ‘Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’ and Lead Research/Project Manager in most AFRI – CIRD’s research projects. He has about 10 years of experience in the research industry. He has worked with both national and international organisations including WYG United Kingdom, GH Pro USA, Gender Research Alliance (GRA) South Africa and National Business Institute (NBI) South Africa, in the delivery of varying development evaluations, programs and projects supported by DFID, USAID, International Labour Organization (ILO), Deutsche fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Malala Fund and Government Institutions in Nigeria, while mainstreaming gender. This includes; Sub-National Budget Transparency Survey (SNBTS), Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI), Enhancing Nigeria Advocacy for a Better Business Environment (ENABLE 1&2), Voices for Change (V4C), Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), Promoting Pro-Poor Opportunities in Commodities and Services Markets (PrOpCom Maikarfi), Growth and Employment in States (GEMS4), and Maternal New-Born and Child Health Programme (MNCH2). His expertise includes; monitoring and evaluation, baseline surveys and assessments, coalition building and advocacy, gender mainstreaming, support and development; training, general project design, implementation, support and management. With proven experience in qualitative and quantitative research techniques, he has excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. He has strong analytical, strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively, innovate, set priorities, manage work plans and evaluate progress. His works deal with a variety of sectors including; access to finance, agriculture, education, peace and conflict resolution, sexual and reproductive health (SRHR), market development, human rights, gender development, child development, nutrition and livelihoods. In the last 10 years, Mohammed has authored several technical, research and project reports, written papers for local and international conferences, published articles in local and international journals, designed training manuals, supported legislative and policy advocacies, and led several coalition buildings. He is a member of the Development Professional Network International (DevProNet) – a network of over 1000 NGO professionals with differing expertise in Nigeria, Network of Professionals for Community Development (NetProCod) – a network of over 500 CSOs/CBOs which he’s a board member. He’s also a board member on few CBOs, while serving as mentor. He is a member of the UN Forum on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment; Represented Nigeria’s CSOs Sector at the 2016 African Development Bank (AFDB) Annual General Meeting in Zambia; Graduate Member Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), member Nigeria Network of Non-Governmental Organisations (NNNGO), Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC), Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF), Nigeria Young Professionals Forum (NYPF) and Forum on Inclusive Nigerian Development (FIND). He is proficient in MS office applications, fluent in English, Hausa, Yoruba, and Nupe languages, and has a very sound knowledge of Nigerian socio-political economies and cultural milieu.