Diana Layfield

CEO, Africa Region for Standard Chartered Bank

Diana Layfield is Chief Executive Officer, Africa Region for Standard Chartered Bank, where she is responsible for the Bank’s businesses across the continent. Standard Chartered is one of the leading banks in Africa, with business across 36 markets and a leading banking presence in 15 countries across Wholesale and Retail banking. 

Diana has previously held a variety of senior management roles in the Bank including Chief Operating Officer for the Wholesale Bank (where she was responsible for the global infrastructure for the Wholesale Bank, including Risk, Technology, Operations, Finance, Legal, Compliance, Strategy, and Human Resources); Group Head of Strategy & Corporate Development (where she had global cross-business responsibility for the Group’s strategy development and M&A agenda) and Global Head for the Bank’s Global Corporate Client coverage teams.

Before joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2004, Diana was Chief Executive of Finexia Limited, a provider of credit scoring and processing technology for the commercial finance industry; and with the leading strategy consulting firm, McKinsey & Company from 1995-2000.

Diana graduated from Oxford University and holds a Masters in Public Administration & International Economics from Harvard University.