Makhtar Diop, born in Senegal, is the World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region since May 2012.
Prior to taking up this position, he was the World Bank Country Director for Brazil between January 2009 and April 2012, and previously held the positions of Director of Strategy and Operations of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, and Sector Director for Finance, Private Sector and Infrastructure in the same region.
Between 2002 and 2005 Diop was the Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Diop worked at the International Monetary Fund and served as Minister of Economy and Finance in Senegal.
Diop can speak fluent French, English, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Diop has extensive experience in banking and finance across Africa.