Through its mandate, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory seeks to contribute to a just society by promoting the vision and work of its founder and convening dialogue around critical social issues. South Africa occupies a unique space in Africa and globally as an example of a country that emerged from the morass of deeply rooted racial, cultural and political divides – primarily because of timely dialogue between all stakeholders.
Internationally respected businessman, academic and global philanthropist, Dr Mo Ibrahim, will deliver this year’s Lecture themed ‘Building Social Cohesion’. 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.
Dr Ibrahim joins the illustrious ranks of several high-profile world icons who have had the opportunity of delivering previous Nelson Mandela Lectures, including former US President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Emeritus Tutu, former President of Ireland and human-rights activist Mary Robinson, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President Thabo Mbeki and Kenyan environmental activist Professor Wangari Maathai.
Surprised, humbled and honoured. That's how mobile communication expert, billionaire and philanthropist, Dr Mo Ibrahim, feels about being asked to give the 11th Nelson Mandela Lecture in Pretoria. Angie Kapelianis has interviewed him and compiled this profile.
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