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Makhtar Diop

Makhtar Diop

Vice President, Infrastructure

Makhtar Diop is the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure, a position he assumed on July 1st, 2018. The Infrastructure Vice Presidency comprises Energy & Extractives, Transport, Digital Development as well as Infrastructure Finance, Public-Private Partnerships and Guarantees. In this global role, Makhtar Diop leads efforts to develop sustainable solutions and help close the infrastructure gap in developing and emerging economies.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Diop served for six years as the World Bank’s Vice President for the Africa Region, where he oversaw the delivery of a record-breaking $70 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa to help tackle development challenges such as increasing access to affordable and sustainable energy; boosting women’s and youth’s economic empowerment; and promoting an enabling environment for more innovation and technology adoption. A passionate advocate for Africa’s right to clean and affordable sources of electricity, he also called for greater investment in renewable energy and pushed for greater regional interconnectivity in the power and transport sectors.

Mr. Diop brings to the post a deep level of experience and understanding of complex infrastructure challenges. His prior experience includes serving as Director for Finance, Private Sector & Infrastructure in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Diop held the position of World Bank Country Director for Brazil where the World Bank helped finance major infrastructure work and was the Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia.

In addition to his international organization experience, Mr. Diop, an economist by training who started his career in the banking sector before joining the IMF and later the World Bank, has extensive private sector experience. He has also held government positions, most notably the position of Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal, where he played a key role in instituting structural reforms aimed at laying a strong foundation for Senegal’s growth in the late 1980s.

A recognized opinion leader in the economic and social development field, Makhtar Diop has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world. In 2015, he received the prestigious Regents’ Lectureship Award from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Diop holds degrees in economics from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham in England.

Follow Makhtar Diop 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


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