Carl Manlan

Chief Operating Officer
Ecobank Foundation

Carl Manlan is Ecobank Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, he works at the intersection of public, private and civil society organizations. He is contributing to Ecobank Foundation’s shift to its core capabilities in financial systems and learning through Ecobank Academy. Over the past three years, he has led the implementation of the Foundation’s 5 year strategy focused on health, education and financial inclusion across Africa and specifically, in countries where Ecobank has operations.

He is an economist with experience in health, finance and project implementation. While at UNDP and the Global Fund, he has worked with communities across Africa and contributed to systems development to improve public health financing. 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 managed the private sector fund (USD 34 million) created by Africa’s private sector in collaboration with African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank for Africa’s response to the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

Carl is a Project Syndicate contributor. He sits on education, health and civil society organizations boards.

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 Méricamn ite du Bénin” for his contribution to the improvement of health financing in the Republic of Benin. He is a 2016 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow.