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Mo Ibrahim.

Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim (born 1946) is a Sudanese-born British mobile communications entrepreneur. He worked for several other telecommunications companies before founding Celtel. He is currently on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and is a member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board of London Business School. He is married to Hania, a former consultant radiologist in the NHS, with whom he has a daughter, Hadeel, and a son, Hosh.



Ibrahim earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alexandria and a master's degree from the University of Bradford, both in electrical engineering, and a Ph.D from the University of Birmingham in mobile communications.[1]


Ibrahim was employed by British Telecom for a time, and later worked as the technical director for Cellnet, a subsidiary of British Telecom. In 1989 he founded MSI, a consultancy and software company, which was bought by Marconi in 2000. MSI had 800 employees, who owned approximately 30% of the stock at the point of its sale; Ibrahim says he gave employees stock as a form of bonus.[2]

In 1998, MSI spun off MSI-Cellular Investments, later renamed Celtel, as a mobile phone operator in Africa.

According to the Forbes 2008 Rich List, Mo Ibrahim is worth $2.5 billion.[3] Mo Ibrahim was selected for the TIME 100 list in 2008 & 2009. He was also recognised by EETIMES as one of 35 people, places and things to watch out for in 2008.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Ibrahim created the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.[1] In 2007, the Foundation inaugurated the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, with the first recipient former president Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique.[4]

The Foundation also published the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, ranking the performance of the 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.[5]

Mo Ibrahim Graduate Fellowships for Nubian Students

The American University in Cairo is pleased to announce that the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is providing opportunities for students of Nubian origin from Egypt and Sudan. Two full undergraduate and two graduate fellowships are available to those who have a working knowledge of the Nubian language and are willing to support the preservation and enrichment of Nubian culture and heritage. Applicants should meet the university’s admission criteria and prove financial need.


Students of Nubian's origin from Egypt and Sudan Bachelor degree from an accredited university iBT(Internet based TOEFL) or ELPET English test results Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need Satisfactory scores in GMAT (required from applicants to the MBA) or in GRE (required from applicants to Economics, Economics of International Development and Journalism and Mass Communication) Duration

Fellowships are awarded for two academic years and the intervening summer session.


The fellowship covers:

  • A waiver of tuition fees.
  • A monthly stipend.
  • Student services and activities fee.
  • Graduation fees.
  • Medical service and health insurance fees.
  • A monthly housing allowance if needed for non-residents in Cairo


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