Marilyn Douala-Bell was born in Cameroon. She studied in Paris and graduated from an Economics of Development program. She has specialized in development support for more than 20 years in various NGOs. In 1991, she co-founded the Contemporary Art Center Doual’art, with the art historian Didier Schaub. The Center is defined as a research laboratory on urban issues, by bringing artistic creation out of the “white cube,” collecting data, and shaping specific urban sites. She also coordinates the think tank Ars & Urbis which studies intellectual production within the international triennial SUD (Salon Urbain de Douala) which specializes in presenting artworks in public space. Over 70 art pieces and events had been offered to the city, involving directly urban dwellers and municipalities. In 2014, she became the curator of the Doual’art Center, which shows about 6 to 8 exhibitions a year of mostly Cameroonian artists.