Diana MacKay
Global Practice Lead, Institute Development and Operations

Diana MacKay serves as Special Advisor to the Provost at Aga Khan University and as Global Practice Lead for the Brain and Mind Institute and the Institute for Global Health and Development.

Diana spent ten years with the World Bank in Washington D.C. during the reforms and restructuring brought on by globalization in the mid-1990s and leading to the Human Development Network which managed lending operations in education, health and social protection. She worked in Japan’s private sector as the sole foreign woman working within a traditional Japanese manufacturing firm of 3000 employees.

For more than a decade at The Conference Board of Canada, Diana led a research portfolio in education, health, housing, and immigration. She established the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education, National Immigration Centre, and the Saskatchewan Institute.  She managed the Roundtable on Socio-Economic Determinants of Health, the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, the Canadian Centre for Environmental Health, and the Centre for Health System Design and Management.

She has extensive experience with the Canadian university system, including at the Canadian Bureau for International Education, as leader of the Quality Network for Universities, and in a ground-breaking role at Carleton University, where she was the Executive Director of the Global Academy.  She was invited to serve as the first Visiting Fellow at the Canada School of Public Service.

Diana earned a BA from Wellesley College, incorporating a year at Tokyo’s Waseda University followed by employment for several years in a Japanese manufacturing firm. She is fluent in Japanese. Diana has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has the designation as a certified Chartered Director from The Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada. She has served on numerous boards, chaired the Board of Food Banks Canada, and helped found Rideau Bridge to Canada, a Syrian refugee sponsorship group.​