Dr. Mo Ibrahim is recognized as one of Britain’s most powerful black men. Dr. Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British 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.
Read on to learn more about Dr. Ibrahim:
1. Born in Sudan into humble surroundings, he used to describe himself as a Marxist.
2. His family moved to Egypt when he was young. Ibrahim earned a Bachelor of Science from Alexandria University in Electrical Engineering.
3. He moved to 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.
4. At one time, Ibrahim was employed by British Telecom for a time and later worked as the technical director for Cellnet, a subsidiary of British Telecom.
5. During the early 1980s, Ibrahim taught undergraduate telecommunication courses at Thames Polytechnic later to become the University of Greenwich.
6. In 1989, he founded MSI, a consultancy and software company, which in 2000 was bought by the Marconi Company. Originally the company was helping the cellular industry designing their networks before they shifted their focus to mobile phones in the late 1990s. In 1998, MSI spun off MSI-Cellular Investments, later renamed Celtel, as a mobile phone operator in Africa.
7. 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.
8. In 2006, Ibrahim created the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, founded in London. The Foundation inaugurated the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, with the first recipient former president Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 2007.
9. Dr. Ibrahim became a billionaire entrepreneur credited with transforming a continent.