Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair
Dr 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 has a distinguished business career. In 1989 he founded Mobile Systems International (MSI), a world leading cellular consulting and software provider and in 1998, Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies which pioneered mobile services in Africa.
Dr Ibrahim is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, a private equity fund focused on Africa.
Dr Ibrahim has received numerous honorary degrees and fellowships from a range of academic institutions including Birmingham University, Bradford University, De Montfort University – Leicester, Imperial College – London, London Business School, Royal Academy of Engineering, SOAS – University of London and University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Ibrahim is also the recipient of a number of awards including The GSM Association’s Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement (2007), The Economist Innovation Award for Social & Economic Innovation (2007), BNP Paribas Prize for Philanthropy (2008), Oslo Business for Peace Award (2009), Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy in Europe (2010), Clinton Global Citizen Award (2010), the Millenium Excellence Award for Actions in Africa (2012), the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2012), the Africare Leadership Award (2013), the Kiel Institute Global Economy Prize (June 2013), the Eisenhower Medal for Distinguished Leadership and Service (May 2014), the Foreign Policy Association Medal (June 2014).
Dr Ibrahim was made Commander of the Order of the Lion (Senegal) by President Macky Sall (February 2014) and Commandeur of the Wissam Arch by H.M. King Mohammed VI of Morocco (July 2014).
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is an African Foundation. It was established with one clear objective – to put governance at the centre of any conversation on African development. It is our belief that governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.
The value of the IIAG
The 2015 IIAG made up of 14 sub-categories, consisting of 93 indicators calculated using data from 33 independent, external data sources. It is the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance.