Past Fellows

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship allowed me to understand the political economy of the African continent through the institutions that support Africa’s transformation.

Carl Manlan

Carl Manlan

Country: Ivory Coast

Current base: Accra, Ghana 

Occupation: Chief Operating Officer  

Organisation: Ecobank Foundation 


Previous work 

Carl is an Economist contributing at the intersection of public, private and civil society for Africa’s transformation through health, education and financial inclusion. 

After his Fellowship, he served as the first Executive Secretary of the Africa against Ebola Solidarity Trust. This organisation was set up to harness African financial resources to support the African Union (AU) response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and to drive the post-Ebola response particularly on health system strengthening. He supported the Department of Social Affairs of the AU and liaised with partners (NGO, private sector, multilateral and bilateral organisations) for the implementation of the programme that deployed 862 health workers from 20 African countries to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In 2015, he was made Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite du Bénin. He is a 2016 Aspen New Voices Fellow.