Ryann Manning is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior and Sociology. She studies how people in complex real-world situations make difficult moral decisions and pursue what they consider to be moral action. Her goal is to understand the organizational and contextual factors that shape shared understandings of right and wrong and influence both individual and collective behavior. She approaches these questions from a sociological perspective, and focuses especially on the role played by culture and emotion. She has a particular interest in healthcare organizations, public sector organizations, and organizations in the developing world.
Ryann received both a Master in Public Policy and Master of Arts in Sociology degree from Harvard University, and an AB in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University. She is an experienced manager, practitioner, and social entrepreneur in the global health and international development sectors. She was a co-founder and continues to serve as a non-executive Director of the Welbodi Partnership, and in 2015 was appointed Acting CEO to provide strategic leadership and operational support to the organization during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.