General Manager Western & Central Africa, Visa
Ismahill DIABY joined Visa in August 2013.
After 17 years of professional experience mainly spent in the financial services and banking industries in Europe & Africa, He joined Visa International Moroccan offices, as a Business Development Leader for Western Francophone Africa before taking the lead of the Western & Central Francophone & Lusophony Africa region (17 countries) managed from the new Visa offices in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). He oversees Visa’s operations in the region.
Before joining Visa, Ismahill DIABY successively held the following positions: Regional Marketing Manager for West Africa at Western Union where he managed during 7 years the Marketing and Business Development for nine (9) Francophone & Anglophone countries in West Africa and he most recently spent 3 years with BNP Paribas where he successively held the positions of Head of Business Development and Deputy Director of Retail Banking of their subsidiary in Cote d’Ivoire.
He holds a Master Degree in Management of Financial institutions of the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France and a Master in Marketing, Communication & Business Strategy of the Business School INSEEC Paris (France). He is also a member of the African Leadership Network (ALN). ALN is made up of over 1,500 members and alumni from over 40 African countries who represent leadership in the private sector, government, civil society and academia in Africa.