Carl Manlan

COO, Ecobank Foundation

Carl Manlan was appointed as Ecobank Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer in May 2016. In this capacity, his responsibilities include strategic direction and management of the foundation activities across Africa.

He is an economist with over ten years of experience in health, finance and project implementation. He has worked with communities across Africa and developed systems to improve public health financing while at UNDP and at the Global Fund. He was responsible for a portfolio of more than USD 500 million as a Fund Portfolio Manager at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

In 2014, he worked on policy development on the implementation of the economic transformation of the African continent as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellow at the Economic Commission for Africa. Subsequently, he worked with the African Union and New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) on a private sector initiative to assist the African Union fight Ebola in West Africa. As the first Executive Secretary of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, he worked with multiple stakeholders in the fight against Ebola.

Carl Manlan holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. In 2015, he was awarded one of the highest civilian honours “Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite du Bénin” for his contribution to the improvement of health in the Republic of Benin. He is a 2016 Aspen New Voices Fellow.