Carl Manlan is an economist from Côte d’Ivoire currently serving as the Executive Secretary at Africa against Ebola Solidarity Trust (AEST), which was set up to harness African financial resources to drive the post-Ebola response particularly on health system strengthening. Prior to this, he worked as the Technical Advisor to the Executive Secretary of UN Economic Commission for Africa. Carl has facilitated negotiations to advance the public health goals of Benin, the Abidjan Lagos Corridor Organization, Senegal and Guinea Bissau. Over the past 10 years, he has focused 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. He suggests looking as development as “creating wealth, not reducing poverty”.