Makhtar Diop

Makhtar Diop @Diop_WB

Vice President, Africa

Makhtar Diop has served as the World Bank's Vice President for Africa since May 2012. 

Under his leadership, the World Bank Group committed a record-breaking $11.6 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa in FY 2015 to help tackle development challenges such as increasing food security and agricultural productivity; improving access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy, creating economic opportunities for Africa’s youth; and responding quickly and effectively to emergency situations such as the recent Ebola epidemic.

Before taking up this position, Diop was World Bank Country Director for Brazil, based in Brasilia, 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, both in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. Between 2002 and 2005, Mr. Diop was the Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia, based in Nairobi.

Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Diop worked at the International Monetary Fund, focusing on the Central African Republic. He also served as Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal.

In 2014, Jeune Afrique named him "one of the 50 most influential Africans."

Makhtar Diop is married and has two sons. He’s fluent in four languages:  English, French, Portuguese and Wolof.

Follow him on Twitter: @Diop_WB


  • 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


  • 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, July 23, 2013


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