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Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation


Dr. Mo Ibrahim is the Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which he established in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent. Sudanese-born, Dr. Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications with a distinguished business career. He founded Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies, in 1998 which was sold to Zain in 2005 and was then purchased by Bharti Airtel in 2010. Dr. Ibrahim is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, an investment fund focused on Africa. In 2008 he was listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support advancements in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to bring about meaningful change on the continent. The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, helps to define, assess and enhance governance and leadership in Africa using the following tools: Ibrahim Index of African Governance; Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership; Ibrahim Forum; Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships