World Bank names Senegalese national to head IFC private-sector arm

FILE PHOTO: A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund - World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua
FILE PHOTO: A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund - World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo/File Photo

February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The World Bank on Thursday said it had named Makhtar Diop as the new managing director of its private sector arm, the International Finance Corp, a position key to boosting the bank’s efforts to fight climate change and inequality.

Diop, a Senegalese national and the former minister of economy and finance of the West African nation, is currently serving as the World Bank’s vice president for infrastructure, where he oversees the bank’s work across energy, transport, digital development and other sectors.

He also served as the bank’s vice president for Africa for six years, where he oversaw a record-breaking $70 billion in commitments.

In a statement, World Bank President David Malpass praised Diop’s experience in both the public and private sectors, saying he will help attract investment to low-carbon energy, transportation, clean water, digital services and other infrastructure.

“Makhtar’s skills at IFC will help the World Bank Group continue our rapid response to the global crisis and help build a green, resilient, inclusive recovery,” Malpass said.

Diop replaces Philippe Le Houerou, who stepped down in September 2020 after more than four years as the IFC’s CEO.

(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Paul Simao)