Mo Ibrahim, founder of Africa’s Celtel International, to lecture at Yale

Mo Ibrahim, founder of Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies, will give the Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture on Tuesday, April 23.

Mo Ibrahim

Titled “Governance, Leadership, Civil Society, and the Private Sector: An African Perspective,” the free and public talk will be held in Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave., at 4 p.m.

The lecture is sponsored by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale Law School, and the Yale School of Management. 

In 2006, Ibrahim established the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to improve the quality of governance in Africa. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance provides civil society and governments with a comprehensive and quantifiable tool to assess governance and promote accountability. The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership recognizes and celebrates excellence.

Listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Ibrahim has received numerous honorary degrees and fellowships from a range of academic institutions. Ibrahim is the also the recipient of a number of awards, including The Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from the GSM Association in 2007; The Economist Innovation Award in 2007 for Social & Economic Innovation; Ordre national du Burkina Faso (Officier); and the BNP Paribas Prize for Philanthropy in 2008.

The Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale was established in 1992 to support intersecting endeavors among specialists in international relations, international law, and the management of international enterprises and organizations. Previous lecturers in the series have included Michael Doyle, Gary Hart, Tom Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Sam Nunn, Sadako Ogata, Samantha Power, Mary Robinson, and Raghuram Rajan.

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