Diariétou Gaye, a Senegalese national, is the World Bank Director of Strategy and Operations for the Africa region. In this position, Ms. Gaye supports the Vice President in setting strategy and work programs across all sectors for the World Bank’s Africa region. The Vice Presidency oversees a portfolio of more than 600 projects totaling more than $70 billion and comprises a workforce of over 700 staff working in Washington and 42 country offices.
A passionate development professional, Ms. Gaye has over 22 years of experience working as an economist and a manager across different institutions, notably on development and policy change in challenging country contexts. Ms. Gaye joined the World Bank in 1996 as a Country Economist, after serving in the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Senegal. She has since held various positions, including most recently the position of Country Manager for Kenya, Rwanda, Eritrea, Uganda. As such, she provided overall strategic leadership for the Bank's engagement in these countries and effectively managed a large portfolio and staff.
Prior to this role, Ms. Gaye was the Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives (SAR) and the Country Manager for Benin and Togo. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Gaye served as Regional Director for East African countries at the African Development Bank.