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International Philanthropist Dr Mo Ibrahim visits Scotland to attend Foundation Scotland Events

05 September 2013

On the evening of Wednesday 4th September, philanthropists and charities from across Scotland will gather at Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh to hear a key note address from the International Philanthropist Dr Mo Ibrahim.

The Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire accepted an invitation by Foundation Scotland earlier this year to visit Scotland and his presentation will round off a series of events in his honour organised by the Foundation.

Dr Ibrahim’s philanthropic work on leadership and governance in African countries has provided some rare insights into the impacts on short term and long term on investment and growth. Dr Ibrahim will talk about the work of his Foundation and tackle the issue of ‘Why governance matters’ addressing issues such as leadership deficit and underdevelopment, the rise of the Civil Society, youth and culture and the investment climate in Africa.

Earlier in the day, he will attend a lunch with Foundation Scotland clients and high profile philanthropists from the UK hosted by Foundation Scotland Patron, Lord Smith of Kelvin.

This will be followed in the afternoon with a roundtable co hosted by Scottish Financial Enterprise for professional investors and advisers to discuss leadership and governance in Africa and consider the implications for investors. This opportunity has attracted wide interest from institutional investors, professional advisers and risk managers with an interest in African and issues of governance in emerging markets.

Foundation Scotland Chief Executive, Giles Ruck adds, “One of the key roles for FS is to provide opportunities for our clients and Scottish philanthropists to come together to share their experiences as we strive to make a positive difference here in Scotland and across the world. We are delighted that Dr Ibrahim accepted our invitation to visit Scotland and share his journey and provide some insight on his work on leadership and governance and the impact this has had on his philanthropic work.”


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