Mr. Diop assumed his current position 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. He was 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.