Dr. Mo Ibrahim

Dr. Mo Ibrahim is a Sudanese billionaire, philanphropist, born May 3, 1946 in Sudan. He is of Nubian roots. He attended the Alexandria
University, where he received his BSc and later studied at the University of Birmingham, where he received his PhD in mobile communication. He holds an MSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Bradford.  

Mo Ibrahim founded Mobile Systems International, a consultancy, which he sold in 2000. In 2004, He founded Celtel. The company initially had 6 million customers in 13 countries and in 2005 posted 1 billion in revenues. In 2005, Mo Ibrahim sold Celtel to MTC, a Kuwaiti company for $3.4 bln.

In 2006, he founded the Ibrahim Index of African Governance to spur good governance on the continent, some have described as "bribery." The awards is given to an African leader who is democratically elected, who transfers power peacefully, and creates jobs, infrastructure and opportunity for his nation. The Mo Ibrahim foundation has not given a prize since 2009. Western governments have started using the index to distribute aid.  

Works Cited

Auletta, Ken. Dictator Index. The New Yorker, March 7, 2011, retrieved March 13, 2011 

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Mo Ibrahim Profile, CNN. March 24, 2004 retrieved March 13, 2011