Elizabeth Manak, Co-President

Elizabeth Manak, Co-President

Elizabeth Manak, Ph.D.


Elizabeth Manak is a South Asia and nonproliferation specialist. In her thirty plus years with the Central Intelligence Agency, Elizabeth worked in a variety of positions both in the US and abroad. Most recently, she was an adviser to a US Embassy working on topics of interest in South Asia. For two years prior to that, Elizabeth was the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia in the National Intelligence Council.

Elizabeth also was Chief for Community Collection Strategies in the Office of Weapons Intelligence and Nonproliferation and Executive Officer for the Nonproliferation Center. From 1996 to 1998 she was Deputy Director in the Department of Energy’s Office of Intelligence where she managed a unit of intelligence analysts and provided direction and oversight to the analytic processes and products of the intelligence components at the National Laboratories. At DOE she also served as Division Chief for Nuclear Weapons Analysis, overseeing programs of analysis at the National Laboratories.

Prior to working at DOE, she was Deputy Chief of Analysis and DI Proliferation Coordinator in the DCI’s Nonproliferation Center and served as a Branch Chief in the Office of Near East and South Asian Analysis. Elizabeth was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Career Intelligence Medal and a number of other meritorious awards.

Before joining the federal government, Elizabeth was program manager for the Southeast Asia Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she directed a speakers program and publishing house.

A California native who grew up on Guam, Elizabeth received her B.A. and M.A. in History from California State University and her Ph.D. in South Asian History and Agricultural Economics on an East West Center Grant at the University of Hawaii.