VivaTech 2021


Makhtar Diop

Managing Director



Makhtar Diop is the Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. Before this, he was the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure, where he led the Bank’s global efforts to build sustainable infrastructure in developing and emerging economies. Prior to this, Mr. Diop served for six years as the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa, where he oversaw the delivery of a record-breaking USD$70 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa to help tackle development challenges such as increasing access to energy; boosting women’s and youth’s economic empowerment; and promoting an enabling environment for more innovation and technology adoption. An economist by training who started his career in the banking industry before joining the IMF and later the World Bank, he has also held government positions, most notably as Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal. A recognized opinion leader in the economic and social development field, Mr. Diop has been named one of the most influential Africans in the world.