Harlan Mandel, Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Investment Fund
Harlan Mandel is CEO of Media Development Investment Fund, a mission-driven investment fund providing debt and equity financing to independent news and information companies. MDIF operates in countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America where a free and independent media is under threat. It invests in independent media providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.
Harlan has managed debt and equity investments in over 50 news outlets on five continents. For over 25 years he has been working in emerging and frontier markets as an impact investment manager and attorney. Harlan also has designed and raised a number of innovative impact investment vehicles for MDIF. He was MDIF’s Deputy Managing Director from 1998 until his appointment as CEO in 2011. He received his JD from Columbia University School of Law in 1989, and holds a BA in International Relations and Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania