Makhtar Diop

Makhtar Diop @Diop_WB

Vice President, Africa

Makhtar Diop is the World Bank's Vice President for Africa since May 2012 where he oversees a portfolio of over 600 projects in Africa totaling $65 billion to help tackle development challenges such as raising agricultural productivity; increasing access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy; fostering women’s and youth’s economic empowerment and promoting high quality education for all.

In addition to his international organization experience, Mr. Diop, an economist by training who started his career in the banking sector before joining the IMF and later the World Bank, has extensive private sector experience.  He has also held government positions, most notably the position of Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal. Makhtar Diop played a key role in instituting important structural reforms aimed at laying a strong foundation for Senegal’s sustainable growth in the late 1980s.

From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Diop held the position of World Bank Country Director for Brazil, where he managed the institution’s biggest country portfolio. Under his leadership, the World Bank helped finance major infrastructure work and the quality of transport infrastructure played a key role in making Rio de Janeiro a contender for the 2016 Olympics and in its choice as the host city for this event. Before assuming these positions, Mr. Diop served as Director of Strategy and Operations and Sector Director for Finance, Private Sector and Infrastructure, with both positions being in the Latin America and Caribbean Region.  Between 2002 and 2005, Makhtar Diop was the Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia, based in Nairobi.

In 2017, Makhtar Diop, a recognized opinion leader in the economic and social development field, was named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world.  In March 2015, he received the prestigious Regents’ Lectureship Award from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Diop holds degrees in economics from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham in England.  

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  • IDA17 Mid-Term Review: Opening Session, November 18, 2015
  • Policymaking in Africa: Reflections from Decades of Experience, March 31, 2015
  • Lessons for Africa from China’s Growth, January 13, 2015
  • Helping DRC Become Africa’s Powerhouse, July 25, 2014
  • Africa Innovate: Celebrating Successes and Addressing Challenges, May 16, 2014
  • The African Gold Rush: 2014 NYU Africa Economic Forum, April 26, 2014
  • Speech by Makhtar Diop at the University of Michigan STEM-Africa Initiative Third Biennial Conference, April 1, 2014
  • Speech by Makhtar Diop at the High-level Forum on Higher Education, Science and Technology in Africa, March 13, 2014
  • Speech by World Bank Africa Region Vice President Makhtar Diop to the Senegal Consultative Group, February 24, 2014
  • Remarks by Makhtar Diop, Vice President for the Africa Region, World Bank - Nairobi, Kenya, December 11, 2013
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Development Partnership with Uganda - Remarks by Makhtar Diop, Vice President for the Africa Region, World Bank, December 10, 2013
  • Statement by World Bank Group Vice President for Africa Makhtar Diop on the Death of Nelson Mandela, December 6, 2013
  • From Growth to Transformation, October 13, 2013
  • Strengthening Agriculture Public Expenditure in Sub Saharan Africa, October 10, 2013
  • Getting Africa’s Infrastructure Built, by World Bank Vice President for Africa Makhtar Diop, October 10, 2013
  • Private Sector Solutions for the Water Crisis in Agriculture, October 9, 2013


  • Back to the Future: why Africa’s Leapfrogging Means Going Back to Basics, October 11, 2017
  • Making Everyone Count: How Identification Could Transform the Lives of Millions of Africans, June 24, 2017
  • What can we learn from Africa's approach to forced displacement? June 6, 2016
  • Closing the Gender Gap: Lessons from Africa, February 25, 2016
  • Banking on agriculture for Africa’s future - Brookings Institution, January 22, 3016
  • Cop 21: An Opportunity For Africa, December 1, 2015
  • Listen More Closely to Africa’s Voice on Climate Change, Septembrer 22, 2014
  • Powering Science and Technology for Africa’s Economic Transformation, May 20, 2014
  • More Irrigation and Pastoralism Could Transform Africa’s Sahel Region, October 28, 2013
  • Securing Africa's Land for Shared Prosperity - All Africa, July 23, 2013



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