Manfred is currently the Environmental Director at the “Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo,” (AED) Costa Rica's premier corporate social responsibility organization, composed of over 120 national and multinational companies. At AED, Manfred founded and leads "Eco Eficiencia Empresarial," a strategy and program to assist companies in promoting sustainable practices and mitigating their environmental impact, including through the establishment of public-private partnerships. The strategy has been implemented by more than 250 companies in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Guatemala, and has achieved reductions of 17,792 CO2e tons in fossil fuel and energy consumption, 648,381 m3 of water and 237,2 tons of paper.
Manfred is also currently leading a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health and AED for the development of the Costa Rica National Strategy for Recycling.
Manfred has published opinion articles in Forbes, "La Nación" and "El Financiero" and has been a featured speaker in sustainability conferences in Mexico, France, Argentina, Chile, Perú, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá and Honduras, among others.
Manfred studied Agricultural Engineering at EARTH University in Costa Rica ('07), with an emphasis on agribusiness and sustainability, also earned his MBA from INCAE Business School Executive Program Class of 2013.