Ousmane Diagana became the Vice President for Ethics and Business Conduct (EBC) and Chief Ethics Officer of the World Bank Group in October 2015. EBC advances the Bank Group’s goals by promoting corporate values and ethical risk management—as well as the inclusion of ethical considerations in strategies, policies, operations, and interactions among staff.
Diagana brings to his role a deep knowledge of Bank Group operations, a reputation for innovative and strategic thinking, recognized managerial skills, and country office perspective. Previously, 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 these capacities, Diagana effectively led diverse, multi-disciplinary teams to deliver innovative strategies and operations—including in fragile and conflict-affected countries. 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 degrees in economics, finance, and planning, as well as a certificate in education policies and analysis.
Married and the father of four children, Diagana speaks six languages (French, English, Arabic, Soninke, Fulani, and Wolof).