Makhtar Diop has served as the World Bank's vice President for Africa since May 2012. Under his leadership, the World Bank Group committed a record-breaking $15.3 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 tro help tackle development challenges such as food security and agricultural productivity; access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy; and responding quickly and effectively to emergency situations such as the recent Ebola epidemic. A passionate advocate for Africa's right to clean and affordable sources of electricity, he has called for a green energy revolution. In 2014, Jeune Afrique named him "one of the 50 most influential Africans".
Mr. Diop met with EASST fellows John Bosco Asiimwe (Uganda), Fredrick Manang (Tanzania), and Anthony Mveyange (Tanzania) to discuss research and the importance of institutionalizing impact evaluation in African universities.