Ousmane Diagana

Ousamane Diagana is a Mauritanian economist dedicated to improving lives and fostering sustainable development in West Africa.


He is currently serving as The World Bank Regional Vice President for Western and Central Africa. In this pivotal position, Mr. Diagana shoulders the responsibility of nurturing relationships with 22 countries while overseeing a vast portfolio of projects, technical assistance initiatives, and financial resources valued at over $40 billion. His impressive journey with the World Bank includes serving as the Country Director for Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, and Togo, with his base in Abidjan.

Preceding this role, he held the position of Country Director for Mali, Niger, Chad, and Guinea, stationed in Bamako.
Ousmane Diagana’s career has been marked by visionary leadership and a deep commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of millions across Western and Central Africa. His unwavering dedication to development has made a significant difference in the region. Under Ousmane’s leadership, the Western/Central Africa Region at the World Bank has seen remarkable progress in addressing critical challenges such as poverty reduction, infrastructure development, healthcare, and education.

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