Carl Manlan

Carl Manlan

Vice President: Social Impact for CEMEA

Carl helps to bring Visa’s socially focused ambitions and initiatives to life. As Vice President for Social Impact across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEMEA), Carl’s focus is on enabling community impact with local, regional, and global partners. He co-creates and empowers partnerships that support small and medium-sized businesses and help individuals and households to thrive across the region.

Highly experienced in enabling community impact projects, Carl’s career includes a successful spell as Chief Operating Officer at Ecobank Foundation, where he led social impact work in 33 markets around Africa. He has also held several important leadership roles at the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), Economic Commission for Africa, The Global Fund and UNDP.

A Mo Ibrahim Foundation Fellow and an Aspen Institute New Voices Senior Fellow, Carl holds an Undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard Kennedy School.

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