Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim

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Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim is a British entrepreneur of Sudanese origin, and a leader in the telecommunications industry. In 1998 he created Celtel International, the largest operator in mobile telecommunications in Africa, present in 15 countries and covering more than a third of the population of the continent. In October 2006, Mo Ibrahim created the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which aims at strengthening the quality of governance and excellence in leadership in Africa. In 2007, he abandoned the Presidency of Celtel International so as to focus on this initiative. 

Mo Ibrahim has been recognized many times over for his activities in the fields of academia, philanthropy and business.  He was notably awarded the GSM Association Chairman’s Award (2007), the highest distinction of the telecommunications industry and the 2008 BNP Paribas Prize for Philanthropy. In 2008, Mo Ibrahim figured on the TIME magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world.