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Makhtar Diop

Makhtar Diop
Vice President

Makhtar Diop, a former Senegalese Economy and Finance Minister, is the World Bank’s new Vice President for its Africa region.

From 2009-2012, Mr. Diop was the Country Director for Brazil, managing the World Bank’s largest country program.

Prior to this appointment, he served variously as Director for Strategy and Operations in the Latin American region; Director for Finance, Private Sector, and Infrastructure in the same region; and Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia.

Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Diop also worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.

Mr. Diop has had extensive experience in banking and finance in the Africa region.

colin bruce

Colin Bruce
Director, Strategy and Operations, Africa Region, World Bank

Colin Bruce, a Guyanese national, joined the World Bank in August 1988 through its Young Professionals program. Since then, he has held regional and corporate assignments such as a country economist for India and Kenya, an adviser in the Office of the Managing Director, Operations, and Country Director in Eastern Africa. Mr. Bruce assumed his current position as Director, Strategy and Operations in July 2008.

His primary responsibilities include supporting the Vice President of the Africa Region in delivering her regional and corporate accountabilities, in close collaboration with country directors; overseeing execution of the agreed strategic agenda and monitoring regional deliverables (including commitments under IDA15); and coordinating key strategic partnerships such as with the African Union and African Development Bank, and Governments of Japan and United Kingdom. Operations in the 48 countries that comprise Sub-Saharan Africa currently account for a portfolio of around $23.3 billion. Last year alone, $$5.68 billion was committed for 91 new projects.

Over the years his work has focused on country and sector specific development challenges as well as broader issues of aid effectiveness. For example, in India during the last 1990s he worked on fiscal decentralization, structural reforms, and rural finance. As Senior Manager in the World Bank’s Operational Policy and Country Services Division during 2001-2005, Mr. Bruce served as co-chair within the global working group on aid effectiveness and donor practices set up by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. He also chaired the global steering group that was responsible for the ministerial forum on aid effectiveness held in Paris in March 2005, and for the resulting Paris Declaration.

Mr. Bruce holds a Ph.D in Economics from McGill University in Canada and a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Public Administration from London University. He is married and has a teenage daughter and adolescent son.

Laura Frigenti Laura Frigenti
Director, Strategy and Operations - Effective April 1, 2012
Shanta Devarajan

Shanta Devarajan
Chief Economist

Shantayanan (Shanta) Devarajan, a Sri Lankan national, joined the World Bank in 1991. He assumed his current position as Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region in 2008. The office of the Chief Economist provides guidance on Bank programs and activities in the sub-Saharan Africa region, analyzing both economic and sector programming to ensure the coherence of regional needs and Bank programming. Furthermore, the office of the Chief Economist is one of the primary voices within the Bank for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on the economic conditions, trends, and forecasts of the sub-Saharan region.
Prior to this assignment, from 2004 onwards, Shanta was Chief Economist for the South Asia Region position, following three years as Chief Economist for the Human Development Network, which covers areas such as health, education, nutrition and population. Earlier positions include Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group. He was the Director of the World Development Report 2004: Making Services Work for Poor People.

Before joining the Bank, Shanta was on the faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The author and co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources, and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries.

Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks French fluently

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Khaled F. Sherif

Khaled Sherif
Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. Sherif, an Egyptian national, joined the Bank in 1990 as a Young Professional. He has since held numerous positions, the most recent assignment being CAO of the Human Development Network (HDNVP).

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Ruth Kagia
Country Director
South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland

Ruth Kagia, a Kenyan national, joined the World Bank in 1990. She was appointed Country Director for Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland in the Bank’s Africa Region on August 1, 2008. Based in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, Ms. Kagia is responsible for leading the Bank’s dialogue and work program to support these countries accelerate growth and achieve sustainable development. In that context, she also oversees the scaling-up of Bank engagement in the five middle income countries (MICs) in the portfolio. The two International Development Association (IDA)-eligible countries have a portfolio of some 30 projects totaling commitments of over $1 billion, while lending in the MIC countries, where Bank engagement has been primarily knowledge-driven, is slated to grow to more than $3 billion by end of 2010.

Gregor Binkert

Gregor Binkert
Country Director

Cameroon, Gabon, C.A.R., Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe

Gregor, a Swiss national, joined the Bank in 1998 as a Senior Adviser to the Executive Director for Switzerland/Azerbaijan/Poland/Serbia and four Central Asian countries. His previous positions have included Lead Economist, Africa PREM, Mozambique and Country Manager, Chad. Since 2009, Gregor has been on external assignment as the Deputy Head of the Division for Global Institutions of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Based in Yaounde, Gregor’s three top priorities are to: (i) maintain the policy dialogue around reforms that foster increased competitiveness, better service delivery, and improved sector governance; (ii) ensure portfolio selectivity and quality; and (iii) lead and support staff in implementing the priorities of the new Africa Strategy while adjusting to corporate realities and opportunities.

Mr. Binkert holds a PhD from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University

Yusupha Crookes

Yusupha Crookes
Country Director
Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea - Effective March 1, 2012

Based in Accra, Ghana

Johannes Zutt

Johannes Zutt
Country Director
Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda

Johannes Zutt, a Dutch national, has been active in development since 1990. His early experience involved program planning, and monitoring and evaluation for UNICEF and UNDP in eastern and southern Africa. During this time, he was also involved in numerous country studies as well as in the UN Study of the Impact of Armed Conflict of Children (1995), and the OAU-sponsored Eminent Persons Investigation into the Rwanda Genocide (1998-99). In 1999, Mr. Zutt joined the World Bank, where he worked as the Country Program Coordinator for a number of countries, including Angola, China, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, and Zambia, and was the team leader for numerous country strategies and projects. In 2006, Mr. Zutt was appointed the Adviser to one of the Bank’s two Managing Directors, and in January 2008 he was asked to serve as the acting head of the Department of Institutional Integrity (INT), which is mandated to investigate allegations of fraud or corruption related to Group-financed projects. In January 2009, Mr. Zutt was appointed the World Bank Country Director for Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles and Somalia. Mr. Zutt has a J.D. from Harvard University and a D.Phil. (in philosophy) from the University of Oxford.

Philippe Dongier

Philippe Dongier
Country Director
Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda
- Effective February 27, 2012

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Madani Tall
Country Director
Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire

Madani M. Tall, a Malian national, joined the Bank in 1989. He was appointed Country Director for the five West African countries in July 2008, a position he assumed following four years as Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Niger. Based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Tall is responsible for leading the Bank’s dialogue on sustainable development with stakeholders in the five client countries, and for overseeing a project portfolio of some 40 projects, representing commitments of $1.5 billion, as well as a significant body of economic and sector work.

From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Tall served as the World Bank’s Country manager for Cameroon, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea. Known for his team-building skills, it was during this period, in 2003, that Mr. Tall was recipient of the World Bank’s Staff Association Good Manager Award. Earlier assignments include Senior Economist, Lead Operations Officer and Senior Agriculture Economist in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Tall worked as a Program Officer and Researcher for AFRICARE, a Washington-based NGO.

Mr. Tall holds graduate degrees in Economics, specializing in Agricultural Economics and Natural Resources Economics, from the University of Maryland and the University of West Virginia in the United States. He speaks fluent English, French, Fula and Manding.

Guang Zhe Chen

Guang Zhe Chen
Country Director
Ethiopia

Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe
Country Director
Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Mauritania


Deborah (Bella) Bird

Deborah (Bella) Bird
Country Director
Sudan, South Sudan (based in Kenya)

Bella, a British and Australian national, joined the Bank on September 1, 2011 as the Country Director, Sudan & South Sudan, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Bella has served in various leadership positions in the UK Department for International Development (DfID). From 2009-2011, she was the Head of Governance and Fragile States Policy. Previously, she served as the Head of DfID Nepal after a similar stint as Head of DfID Vietnam. Prior to that she spent 7 years as an adviser on poverty and social issues in Kenya and Uganda. She has played a leadership role for the UK government and internationally on policies to promote statebuilding and peace building, championing aid effectiveness and south-south collaboration. Bella brings strong strategic leadership skills, cross regional professional experience in both stable low income and fragile and post-conflict states, and proven ability to establish credible and effective partnerships with diverse stakeholders. She holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Eustache Ouayoro

Eustache Ouayoro
Country Director
Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo

Eustache, an Ivorian national, joined the Bank in 1990 as a Projects Officer in the UNDP-World Bank Water and Sanitation Program. He has since held various positions such as Sector Manager for Water Supply, Sanitation and Urban Development in West and Central Africa in the Africa Region, and as a Country Manager, Haiti in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. He is now an Advisor in the Operations Services Department of the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank.

In this new position, Eustache's three priorities will be to: (i) maintain the policy dialogue around reforms that foster increased competitiveness, better service delivery and improve governance; (ii) work with the country teams to maximize the Bank's value added; and (iii) lead and support staff in implementing the priorities of the new Africa Strategy while adjusting to corporate realities and opportunities.

Laurence Clarke Laurence Clarke
Country Director
Mozambique, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe
Kundhavi Kadiresan

Kundhavi Kadiresan
Country Director
Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe

Kundhavi Kadiresan, an Indian national, joined the Bank in 1993. She was appointed Country Director for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in June, 2011. Based in Lusaka, she is responsible for leading the Bank’s work and collaboration with client Governments as well as with other stakeholders to deliver innovative country programs for sustainable results. She is also responsible for providing leadership in dialogue, analytical work and partnership to leverage effective developmental assistance and lead country teams to implement the priorities of the new Africa Strategy. She oversees a project portfolio of over US$1.2 billion IDA commitment for Malawi and Zambia and significant Trust-Funded activities in Zimbabwe. Ms Kadiresan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Madurai Kamaraj University in India, a Master of Business Administration in International Business from George Washington University in the USA and a Master of Arts in Economics from Fatima College in India.

Haleh Bridi

Haleh Bridi,
Country Director
Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros

Haleh Bridi, an Iranian national, joined the Bank in 1991. She was appointed Country Director for Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles in 2011. She is currently based in Washington. Her priorities will be to (i) forge strong client relationships with key stakeholders in this diverse set of countries; (ii) work with the country teams to maximize the Bank's value added and (iii) lead and support staff in implementing the priorities of the new Africa Strategy while adjusting to corporate realities and opportunities. Ms. Haleh holds two Master of Arts respectively from the American University in Washington DC and Webster University in Austria. She is fluent in several European languages besides her mother tongue of Farsi.

Ousmane Diagana

Ousmane Diagana
Country Director
Mali, Niger, Guinea, Chad

A Mauritanian national, joined the Bank in 1992. He was appointed Country Director for Chad, Guinea, Mali and Niger in May 2011 with residence in Mali. Ousmane broad responsibilities include leading policies and sector dialogue with his client’s countries for strategies formulation and implementation, generating business, fostering partnership, engaging with various stakeholders and effectively managing Bank resources. He is also responsible for operations and for economic and sector work across the four countries, and oversees a project portfolio of over 3 US$ billion commitment conceived to support countries sustainable and accelerated growth for poverty reduction and development. Mr. Diagana holds a post-graduate degree in finance and taxation from the National School of Administration in Dakar. He also holds a Master of Science degree in economics from Dakar University, with specialization in planning, economic analysis and development. His academic background was strengthened by number of professional development training in area of Human Development sector--education in particular--notably at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex in the United Kingdom and at Harvard in the United States. Ousmane is fluent in French, English, Arabic, Fulani and Soninke.

Marie-Francoise Marie-Nellly

Marie-Françoise Marie-Nelly
Country Director
Nigeria

Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly is the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. Prior to assuming this position, she served as Country Director for the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she helped deliver the largest debt relief package in the history of the HIPC initiative ($12.3 billion for DR Congo).

A French citizen, Ms. Marie-Nelly joined the World Bank in 1994 after working in Europe and Africa for 13 years in various capacities, both in government and in the private sector. Since joining the Bank, Ms. Marie-Nelly has worked extensively on private sector development issues. Her areas of expertise include regional integration, with particular focus on regional infrastructure; infrastructure-related regulatory reform; public enterprise reform; private sector development; as well as management of petroleum resources. Noteworthy among her achievements are her contributions to the restructuring/privatization of a number of state-owned enterprises in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania and Togo), as well as to the liberalization of the telecommunications and air transport sectors in Africa.

Between 2000 and 2004, Ms. Marie-Nelly served as Program Manager in charge of regional integration and cooperation in the Office of the Vice President for Africa. In that capacity, she was instrumental in the development of a strategic framework to promote deeper regional integration in Sub Saharan Africa in order to address the fragmentation of the continent which inhibits its ability to attract significant investments and to compete on global markets.

From 2004 to 2007, she served as Senior Program Manager for the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project, a private sector- led endeavor supported by the World Bank Group. During this period, she led the dialogue with the Chadian authorities and other stakeholders on the management of oil revenues and their allocation to priority sectors such as health, education, infrastructure and rural development as well as on compliance with social and environmental standards.

Prior to assuming his current position, Onno was Manager for the Africa Region’s Results and Learning Group, charged with monitoring and enhancing the effectiveness and results of the region’s operations, together with staff learning. Earlier positions include Advisor to the Private Sector and Infrastructure Network, Country Manager for the DRC, and Lead and Principal Private Sector Development Specialist. He also worked in the Europe and Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa Regions as a Senior Guarantee Officer. He has worked extensively during his Bank career on regional trade facilitation projects and in the area of privatization.

Onno joined the Bank from the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington DC, where he was Second Secretary (EC), and Alternate Director for the Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). He was an Economist at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Ruhl has an MA in Macroeconomics and International Economic Relations from the University of Amsterdam.

Yusupha Crookes

Yusupha Crookes
Director
Regional Integration


Philip Hay

Philip Hay
Acting Manager
Communications

Gaiv Tata

Gaiv Tata, Director
Sector Director
Finance and Private Sector Development

Gaiv Tata is currently the Director for Finance and Private Sector Development in the Africa Region and for the Global Practice on Financial Inclusion at the World Bank. Over a career spanning twenty three years with the World Bank, he has worked extensively on country programs, finance and private sector development and public sector reform in several countries in Africa and the Middle East. His previous responsibilities have included: leading country level finance and private sector development policy dialogue; managing teams responsible for country strategy formulation and/or multi-sectoral lending operations; being a core team member of the 2005 World Development Report on the investment climate; and providing implementation support through a field-based assignment for the Bank’s portfolio of activities in Uganda. In his most recent assignment, he managed two of the most successful rounds of fund raising for the International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest. He has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Marcelo Guigale

Mr. Marcelo Giugale
Sector Director
Poverty Reduction and Economic Management

Mr. Giugale is a national of Argentina and Italy, and holds a Ph.D in Economics from the London School of Economics. Since joining the World Bank in 1989 through the Young Professionals Program, he has worked in three regions (MENA, ECA and LAC), has been based in Washington and in the field (Egypt, Peru), and has held managerial positions on both sides of the matrix and across networks---as Country Director for the Andean Region between 2002 and 2007, and as PREM/FPD Director for Latin America and the Caribbean since 2007. There he heads a team of about 120 professionals in charge of the Bank’s advisory and lending services, with a focus on macroeconomics; fiscal, monetary, financial and banking policy; public sector management, institutional development and governance; business environment and regulation; and poverty, inequality and gender. He has also served as a country-based Economist/Senior Economist in Egypt, and as Senior and then Principal Economist in ECA, assigned to Kazakhstan and Lithuania.


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Edward Olowo-Okere
Sector Director
Quality Control and Knowledge Management

Mr. Edward, a Nigerian national, joined the Bank's Loan Department in July 1998. He has since held various positions in OPCS and the Africa Region, his most recent assignment being Manager, Financial Management, in the Africa Region. Ed was involved in the initiative to reform the financial management and disbursement aspects of Investment Lending in 1998 and 1999. In OPCS, he pioneered innovation in financial management practices, learning and knowledge management, quality, and harmonization with other Multilateral Development Banks. As Manager for Financial Management in AFR, Ed has led the major advances achieved by the region over the last few years, notably focusing on capacity building beyond the confines of IDA operations while enhancing the quality of fiduciary compliance in our operations. Ed has been Acting Director for QK for several months. Ed's technical skills, leadership abilities, dynamism, and ambition for change will be critical in strengthening our results agenda in the Africa region.

Ed is a Chartered Accountant, and he holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting (with Distinction) from the University of Lagos, and a PhD in Management, specializing in public financial management from the University of Bath (UK).

Ritva Reinikka

Ritva Reinikka
Sector Director
Human Development

Ms. Ritva, a Finnish national, joined the Bank in 1993 as Country Economist, Country Operations Division, East Africa Department. Since then she has held various positions in the Africa Region, the Middle East and North Africa Region and in the Development Research Group, her most recent assignment being PREM-FPD Sector Director in MENA. Prior to her assignment in MENA, Ritva was Country Director for Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland, based in Pretoria. She was Co-Director of the 2004 World Development Report Making Services Work for Poor People Ritva brings outstanding operational and policy research experience covering a broad spectrum of topics highly relevant to Human Development in Africa, including service delivery in health care and education, public expenditure management, as well as micro foundations of economic growth and macroeconomics. Prior to joining the Bank, Ritva worked at the Center for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford and at the Helsinki School of Economics. She has also held operational positions at UNICEF and FINNIDA. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Jamal Saghir

Jamal Saghir
Sector Director
Sustainable Development

Jamal Saghir is Director of the Sustainable Development Department for the Africa Region at the World Bank. In this position, he provides overall leadership to the Bank’s activities in Sub-Saharan Africa in agriculture, rural development, energy, environment, climate change and natural resources management, infrastructure, ICTs, oil, gas and mining, post-conflict reconstruction, social development, transport, urban development, and water. He joined the World Bank in 1990 after working as a senior advisor on privatization, energy and infrastructure in the governments of Tunisia and Quebec, Canada. Mr. Saghir is also an appointed member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change, and a member of the Global Energy Assessment.

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Tijan Sallah
Manager
Capacity Development and Partnerships

Tijan M. Sallah, a Gambian national, joined the Bank in 1989 through the Young Professionals Program, and received his Ph.D. in economics and public choice from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech). Since joining the Bank, he has worked extensively on agriculture and rural operations in South Asia, MENA and Africa, covering irrigation, drainage, fisheries, research and extension, and agricultural exports to high value markets, having taken 10 projects to the Board; supervised and implemented successful projects, and delivered on several ESWs. A renaissance man, he has published articles and books in wide ranging areas: political economy, agricultural development, literary and art criticism, ethnography, biography, poetry, short stories, and is completing a novel. Described by critics as one of the leading African poets and writers following the generation of Nobel Laureate playwright Wole Soyinka and novelist Chinua Achebe, Sallah's most recent books include a biography of Africa's most famous novelist, Chinua Achebe: Teacher of Light. His works have been featured over NPR and the BBC.

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Hans Weenink
Manager
Human Resources

Hans Weenink, a Dutch national, was appointed Manager, Africa HR team on October 3, 2008. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Weenink served as Deputy Head of Human Resources for the Bank for International Settlements based in Basel, Switzerland. He rejoined the World Bank, where he served as a Management Planning Specialist from 1994 to 1997.

In his current position, Mr. Weenink is responsible for: (i) leading a team of HR professionals in providing high quality HR services to meet the business needs of the Africa Region, particularly in decentralization, staffing, diversity and inclusion; (ii) effectively implementing the transformation and reform of HR strategies, policies and processes; and (iii) strengthening and building human resources management capacity within the HR team as well as within the client units they support to better achieve Africa's business goals and mission.


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