Diariétou Gaye, a Senegalese national, is the World Bank Director of Strategy and Operations for the East and Southern Africa Region. In this position, Ms. Gaye supports the Vice President in setting strategy and work programs across 26 Eastern and Southern countries in the region. The Vice Presidency oversees a portfolio of more than 280 projects totaling more than $49 billion.
A passionate development professional, Ms. Gaye has more than 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 Director of Strategy and Operations for the Africa Region.
Ms. Gaye also served as the Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Eritrea and Uganda, the Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives (SAR), and as 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.