Fatimatou Zahra Diop recently retired as Secretary General of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). There she was responsible for the coordination and successful management of the BCEAO in its eight member countries as well as offices in Dakar and Paris. Her previous position was as the National Director of Senegal where she led the Senegalese branch of the Central Bank. She also served as Director for Payment System Reforms, where she designed and implemented a system for large value payments, an automated clearing system, a card-based interbank payment system, a telecommunications network, and a new legal and regulatory framework ensuring security within the new system. Additional highlights of her career include managing cash transactions on behalf of the Treasury and member states, designing regulations governing central banks and financial institutions in West Africa, and managing equities held by the Central Bank with financial institutions. As an economist, she was in charge of the regulation and supervision of banks and financial institutions within the West African Monetary Union.
Most recently, she co-founded Afrivac which is a public-private partnership whose mission is to work with public and private sector partners to promote the need to strengthen the budgets of African countries with a view toward becoming independent from multilateral support. She serves as Vice President of its Board of Directors.