Make Ta ∙ Diop Vice President of the World Bank infrastructure affairs from July 1, 2018. The Vice President of Infrastructure is responsible for energy and mining, transportation and digital development, infrastructure financing and public-private partnership (PPP) matters. In this global role, Diop is responsible for helping developing and emerging economies develop sustainable solutions that help these countries bridge the gap in infrastructure.
Diop previously served as the World Bank's deputy governor for African affairs for six years, managing the Bank's $70 billion project in sub-Saharan Africa to help African countries address multiple development challenges, such as getting more people affordable. Sustainable energy; strengthening the economic capacity of women and youth; promoting an environment conducive to innovation and technology. He is committed to advocating Africa's access to affordable clean electricity, calling for increased investment in renewable energy and promoting further regional connectivity in the power and transportation sectors.
Diop has extensive experience in the infrastructure industry and has an in-depth understanding of complex infrastructure challenges. His past experience included the former Director of the Bureau of Finance, Private Sector and Infrastructure of Latin America and the Caribbean. From 2009 to 2012, Diop served as the head of the World Bank's representative office in Brazil, responsible for the main infrastructure projects supported by the World Bank in Brazil. He also served as the head of the World Bank's representative offices in Kenya, Eritrea and Somalia.
In addition to his experience in international organizations, Diop is an economist who worked in the banking industry before joining the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and has extensive private sector experience. He also served as a government official and served as Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal, playing a key role in promoting structural reforms in Senegal, which laid a solid foundation for the country's economic growth in the late 1980s.
As a well-known opinion leader in the field of economic and social development, Diop has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world. In 2015, he received the prestigious UC Berkeley School Lecturer Award.
Diop holds a degree in economics from the University of Warwick and the University of Nottingham.
Diop's Twitter account: @Diop_WB