Ousmane Diagana is the Vice President for Ethics and Business Conduct (EBC) and Chief Ethics Officer of the World Bank Group since October 2015. EBC’s mandate is to promote the development and application of the highest ethical standards by staff in conducting Bank business. To achieve this, EBC is mandated to:
· Advise senior management on issues and trends related to ethics;
· Advise staff on issues and questions regarding Bank policies, including the Bank Code of Conduct;
· Conduct outreach communications and activities designed to foster awareness of and adherence to ethical obligations;
· Review and assist in the resolution of allegations of misconduct.
Diagana brings deep knowledge of Bank operations, a reputation for innovative and strategic thinking, unique managerial skills, and country office perspective. Before taking up the position of Vice President and Chief Ethics Officer, Diagana was World Bank Country Director for Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, and Togo, based in Abidjan. He previously held the position of Country Director for Mali, Niger, Chad, and Guinea, based in Bamako. Between 2006 and 2009, Diagana was Country Manager in Niger and from 2004 to 2006, he was Program Leader in Morocco. In his capacity as Country Director, Country Manager, and Program Leader, Diagana effectively led diverse and multi-disciplinary teams and delivered innovative and successful strategies and operations in both fragile/conflict affected countries (Mali, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire) and a middle-income country (Morocco).
In 2009, Diagana received the Good Manager Award from the World Bank Group Staff Association in recognition of his leadership skills.
Diagana, a Mauritanian national, joined the Bank in 1992. He has a degree in economics, finance, and planning, as well as certificate in education policies and analysis.
He is married and the father of four children. He speaks six languages (French, English, Arabic, Soninke, Fulani, and Wolof).