Makhtar DIOP

Vice President for Africa, World Bank 

Makhtar Diop has been the World Bank's vice president for Africa since May 2012. Before taking up this position, Mr Diop was based in Brasila, Brazil, where he was the World Bank’s country director, a role he held between January 2009 and April 2012.

He previously held the positions of director of strategy and operations, and sector director for finance, private sector and infrastructure, in both Latin America and the Caribbean. Between 2002 and 2005, Mr Diop was based in Nairobi where he was the bank’s country director for Kenya, Eritrea and Somalia. 

Before joining the World Bank, he worked at the International Monetary Fund where his focus was the Central African Republic. He also served as Senegal’s minister of economy and finance.

Born in Dakar in 1960, Mr Diop was named ‘one of the 50 most influential Africans’ in 2014 by the pan-African weekly magazine Jeune Afrique.