Makhtar Diop is the Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector. As the head of IFC, Mr. Diop is focused on mobilizing investments in emerging and developing economies to ensure a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable future. His priorities include addressing the intertwined challenges of poverty and climate change, promoting entrepreneurship and social inclusion, and connecting emerging markets with the digital economy. Mr. Diop has served in leadership positions in both the public and private sectors throughout his distinguished career, giving him unique insights into global development from every side of the table. An economist by training, he started his career in the banking industry before joining the International Monetary Fund and later the World Bank. He also served as Minister of Economy and Finance for his home country of Senegal.