Diariétou Gaye, a Senegalese national, is the World Bank Group Vice President and Corporate Secretary. In her role, Ms. Gaye’s primary responsibilities are to ensure the integrity of the World Bank Group’s governance framework; facilitate effective interaction and dialogue between the Board of Governors, Boards of Executive Directors and Management of the institution; contribute to consensus building among shareholders; and provide support services to the Boards, management and other clients.
Prior to this, Ms. Gaye was the World Bank Director of Strategy and Operations for the East and Southern Africa Region, from July 2018 to August 2020. In that position, she supported the Vice President in setting strategy and work programs across 26 Eastern and Southern countries in the region. That Vice Presidency oversees a portfolio of more than 280 projects totaling more than $49 billion.
A passionate development professional, Ms. Gaye has more than 25 years of experience working as an economist and a manager across different institutions, notably on development and policy change in challenging country contexts. She joined the World Bank in 1996 as a Senior Economist, after serving in the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Senegal. She has since held various positions, including Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Eritrea and Uganda, Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives (SAR), and as Country Manager for Benin and Togo. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Gaye served as Regional Director for East African countries at the African Development Bank.