Dr. Mo Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications with a distinguished academic and business career. He was the founder of Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies.
In 2006, Dr Ibrahim established the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to support good governance and great leadership on the African continent. The Foundation focuses on two major initiatives to stimulate debate around, and improve the quality of, governance in Africa. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance provides civil society and governments with a comprehensive and quantifiable tool to assess governance and promote accountability. The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership recognises and celebrates excellence.
Dr Ibrahim was listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
He has also received numerous honorary degrees and fellowships from a range of academic institutions. These include honorary doctorates from Imperial College, the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and the University of Pennsylvania, and honorary fellowships at the Royal College of Engineers, London Business School and Cornell University. Dr Ibrahim is the also the recipient of a number of awards including: The Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from the GSM Association in 2007; The Economist Innovation Award 2007 for Social & Economic Innovation; Ordre national du Burkina Faso (Officier) and the BNP Paribas Prize for Philanthropy in 2008.