The AfricaAgainstEbola Solidarity Trust (AAEST) Board has appointed Carl Manlan as the Executive Secretary with effect from 1 May 2015. Coincidentally, Manlan was made Officer of the Order of Merit by the Government of Benin for contributing to improving the health of African people in general and Beninese in particular.

Mr. Carl Manlan
Mr. Carl Manlan

Manlan expressed profound appreciation for the recognition and described it as a great honour for him and other young Africans to excel in their respective domains. ?AfricaAgainstEbola Solidarity Trust is a significant shift in health response and financing by the African Union and the African Private Sector, I ought to add value?, he explained.

?Manlan is an eminent professional with proven experience in development and implementation of projects,? said Professor Doroth?e A. Kinde Gazard, Minister of health in Benin.

Prior to joining AAEST, he was the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Fellow in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), providing counsel on the development of strategic initiatives, supporting policy development on regional integration and trade. In the role, he also focused on policy development related to macroeconomic policy and development as well as advised on African Union matters.

Manlan is an economist, from C?te d?Ivoire, who has facilitated multi-stakeholder negotiations to advance the public health goals in Africa. For more than 10 years, his focus has been on developing systems to improve public health financing, mostly at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In 2012, he earned a Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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