Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mo Ibrahim

Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim (born 1946) is a Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire. He worked for several other telecommunications companies before founding Celtel, which when sold had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries. After selling Celtel in 2005 for $3.4 billion, he set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to encourage better governance in Africa, as well as creating the Mo Ibrahim Index, to evaluate nations' performance. He is also a member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board of London Business School. In 2007 he initiated the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, which awards a $5 million initial payment, and a $200,000 annual payment for life to African heads of state who deliver security, health, education and economic development to their constituents and democratically transfer power to their successors.

Early Life and Education
Born in Sudan of Nubian heritage, Ibrahim earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alexandria in Electrical Engineering. He started working in England and earned a master's degree from the University of Bradford in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D from the University of Birmingham in Mobile Communications.

In 2007 Ibrahim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Economics by the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and in 2011 an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Marriage and Family
Ibrahim is married to Hania, a former consultant radiologist in the National Health Service. They have a daughter Hadeel Ibrahim, executive director of the Mo Ibrahim foundation, and a son Hosh Ibrahim, an actor, and reside in London.

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