Mo Ibrahim talks telecoms, investing in Africa, and promoting good governance and leadership for CNBC’s The Brave Ones
Mo is the first business leader featured in CNBC’s third season of The Brave Ones documentary series.
Aliko Dangote, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Hailemariam Desalegn, Mary Robinson, Hosh Ibrahim and Bono are some of the guest speakers in the episode, which explores Mo’s trajectory from engineer at BT in the UK to promoting good governance and leadership in Africa with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
He recalls how he decided to focus on a challenge that no one else was looking at when setting up the Foundation – the issue of governance and leadership in Africa:
He also explores the challenges he faced while building Celtel and the mobile networks that ended up connecting a third of the population in Africa. First, the lack of infrastructure meant that a whole new mobility layer needed to be created:
That didn’t discourage him to invest in a continent which he recognised as having a huge potential:
Watch the episode in full below.
The Brave Ones is a documentary series from American business news channel CNBC which explores the rise of some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs through one-on-one interviews.