Ibrahim Dabo Profile
Writing & Journalism
Ibrahim began his writing career at 16 on his appointment as Africa editor for
SoccerAge.com). Initially charged with starting and maintaining the
Africa section of this growing sports news site, Ib wrote Goal.com's entire strategic plan for Africa, managing content and recruiting and overseeing a number of correspondents and contributors around the world. Ib's strategies were so successful that the senior director at Goal.com's global headquarters in Milan, Italy, sent him a note which read in part, "you are doing great things for the site. We should [also] start applying the same ideas to the other Goal.com areas of interest (besides Africa)."
Ib resigned after seven-and-a-half years with the company. Goal.com is now the largest Internet soccer media company in the world, providing content in 15 languages across 22 editions. In 2010, Goal.com reached out to Ib for an exclusive interview [read interview
Ib's work has appeared in numerous other mainstream and trade publications, newspapers and magazines such as The Point Newspaper (The Gambia), THE League Magazine (UK), New World Outlook Magazine (USA), Freekick Magazine (Canada), Examiner.com (USA) and The UB Post (USA). At The UB Post, student newspaper of the University of Baltimore (Maryland, USA), Ib was senior staff writer.
Read writing samples dating back to 2000
In September 2009, Ib established Ib Talk Online (formerly Ib’s Blog), with the mission of bringing individuals and organizations together through a platform of shared information. Philanthropy is the abiding force behind Ib Talk Online, which seeks to engage leaders of the cause to spread hope and opportunity throughout the world. As part of this quest, Ib has conducted many high-profile interviews with celebrities and senior-level professionals in the sports, entertainment, education, and nonprofit advocacy worlds, as well as government and the private sector. Visit Ib Talk Online
to learn more!
(Information Technology) & Leadership
Ib is currently a graduate assistant in the Towson University Undergraduate Marketing Department where he works as a technical support specialist/database and website coordinator. He is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Applied Information Technology and a Certificate in Information Systems Management at Towson.
In 2010-11, Ib was a midlevel executive on the Mission Communications Leadership Team at the
General Board of Global Ministries
, a global nonprofit headquartered in New York City. As leader of the web team, Ib managed the diverse and dynamic group responsible for the successful redesign and development of the organization’s website [read report
Although one of Global Ministries' most challenging projects in recent years, Ib made the web redesign a source of fun and excitement, enlisting the enthusiastic participation of senior executives (including the chief executive), by facilitating dialogue and educating them via a series of presentations on the likely critical success factors of the project. Ib's strategy – to seek early buy-in from management and everyone directly involved with the site – gained the immediate trust and support of stakeholders, who at all junctures were kept informed and aligned with the project’s ultimate objectives.
Among Ib’s many contributions during his 14 months with Global Ministries were the development and writing of a strategic plan for the website; creating a governance strategy; and building on the organization’s comprehensive content management plan. He also led the design and development of
, a bilingual online music ministry, and
The United Methodist Church's first web media source dedicated exclusively to a
Ministry with the Poor
Ib and his Web Team received awards and certificates of excellence at
the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) and Religion Communicators Council annual conventions in California and New Mexico, respectively. Global Ministries, the lead global mission agency of
The United Methodist Church, operates in 136 countries, while the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR
), part of Global Ministries, provides relief, rehabilitation, and health services in more than 80 countries.
In 2010, Ib was executive editor and director of the media relations and communications group at Monumental City Medical Society, the first African American physician association in Baltimore, where he also served on the Community Education Advisory Board [read press release
In 2009-10, he was technology project leader at the Maryland-Washington Minority Contractors’ Association (MWMCA), an organization that works with and advocates for Minority Business Enterprises in America. At MWMCA, Ib managed an e-marketing campaign and led a successful web redesign project, the most important initiative of the organization at the time.
Between 2005 and 2010, Ib served in numerous roles at Old Otterbein United Methodist Church – the oldest church in Baltimore – from communications coordinator, to webmaster, to chair of the communications team, to Board of Trustees member. He led the complete redesign of the church's website.
At the University of Baltimore (UB) between 2008 and 2009, Ib was webmaster and vice president of communications for the Student Events Board (SEB), where he managed a team consisting of the advertising and promotions manager, public relations manager and members-at-large. During this time, he established a successful partnership between SEB and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In May 2009, he received the Outstanding Member Award for his contributions and exemplary leadership on the Student Events Board. Ib was also IT chair for the UB Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization (CEO Club) [read education profile
Since 2010, Ib has continued his legacy of giving and service to his alma mater as a member of the University of Baltimore Foundation Development Committee, where he helps to raise funds for the university's myriad academic and extracurricular programs.
Public Speaking & Inspiration
Driven by his passion for working with young people and his commitment to academia, Ib speaks to high school, college and university students, motivating them on their journey through school and enlightening them about the value of education.
He has inspired many, from presenting at the UB International
Education Week in 2007 to speaking to more than 60 youths from Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome, Ga. [read report and exclusive interview
In April 2009, Ib was guest speaker at the Annual UB Scholarship Luncheon Celebration hosted by the university's president and in May 2009, was Representative of the Senior Class to speak at the UB Commencement Ceremony. Other activities at UB included serving as a Roundtable Discussion Facilitator during the university’s International Student Orientation.
Beyond this, Ib has appeared as a guest speaker at Lehigh University, Pa. [read report
]; Harford Day School, Md. [read report
]; and Oldfields School, Md [read report
]. In 2009, he was interviewed on Baltimore-based radio WEAA 88.9 FM in a special program, "People and Stories that Inspire" [read press release
Art & Photography
Ib is a self-trained artist and photographer. His love for photography has significantly complimented his writing efforts over the years, enabling him to capture and document both fun and official activities and share with his followers [see photography portfolio
Having discovered his artistic strengths by the age of 11, Ib has been drawing and teaching himself new concepts ever since. He later discovered a new passion for working with sculptures [see art portfolio
See also Ib's [videography portfolio
Background & Service
At 13, Ib nearly lost his life at sea while escaping the brutal civil war in his native country, Sierra Leone. He arrived in Banjul, The Gambia, where he spent seven years as a refugee before coming to the U.S. in 2004. During the decade-long war, he lost several family members.
Because of these experiences, Ib felt compelled to contribute meaningfully toward making the world a better place. He is a Team Player with the Swiss-based International Platform on Sports and Development (IPSD), which seeks to connect information, actors (sport federations, international organizations, NGOs, and the private sector) and people who believe sport can be used as an instrument to promote social and human development worldwide. In this role, from 2008-10, Ib served as Honorary President of the Cameroon Association of Active Youths Sport Academy for the Underprivileged (CAMAAYSAP) – an NGO calling upon sport as a tool for education, development, health, and peace----and helping them with many of their initiatives.
Ib has spent more than a decade raising awareness of humanity’s most pressing issues – peace and war, hunger, disease, effective uses of philanthropy, cooperation through sports and spreading the message of hope [e.g.
read report on Cesar Benoit's blog
Ib has been commended for his efforts fostering worthy causes and making a difference, by a number of professionals including Mr. Adolf Ogi, former president of Switzerland who was also former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace [read testimonials
In the U.S., Ib has been involved in many community service activities, from helping to renovate the historic USS Constellation at Baltimore's renowned Inner Harbor to helping to upkeep Patterson Park, a public park in Baltimore [read service
Education & Honors
Ib is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Applied
Information Technology and a Master’s Certificate in Information Systems Management at Towson University, Maryland.
In May 2009, he graduated from the University of Baltimore, Maryland, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems. He was an Honors Student and received numerous awards---including the President's Award---for academic excellence, leadership and extracurricular involvement.
In June 2007, he graduated from Baltimore City Community College, Maryland, with an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration. He received a Citation of Distinguished Scholar from the college for academic excellence [read full education profile
Photo II: Ibrahim Dabo (far right) and
his former Web Team at Global Ministries. Starting from far left: Sushil Bhujbal, Robin
Bideau, Dan Licardo, and Beth Buchanan.
Photo III: From left to right Ibrahim Dabo,
Christie House (Editor, New World Outlook Magazine), and Dan
Licardo (Web Team).
Last updated: March
Ibrahim Dabo is a self-trained writer and journalist with more than 11 years’ professional experience producing and telling the story in sports, cause-oriented advocacy, popular culture and politics. For many years, Ib served as Africa editor of one of the world's largest international sports websites where he created the entire strategic plan for Africa. His work has appeared in numerous mainstream and trade publications, newspapers and magazines.
As a communications and IT executive, Ib has guided several major
projects to success for organizations in the U.S. and beyond. At a
global nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City, Ib's
business acumen, leadership, goal- and results-driven methodology enabled him to build and lead a dynamic team, break ground on new projects and make strategic and often tough decisions in a timely manner.
The lucky survivor of a brutal civil war in Sierra Leone where he lost several family members and properties, Ib is on a remarkable journey to inspire others and raise awareness of humanity’s most pressing issues – peace and war, hunger, disease, effective uses of philanthropy, and cooperation through sports – as he seeks to make a difference through writing and humanitarian endeavors.
Ib is an academic scholar. He has won many awards and
recognitions for academic excellence and extra-curricular
stakeholder relations, project leadership, web project management, requirements gathering,
and team management.
Other activities include:
Networking, photography [see
portfolio, videography [see
portfolio], community service, music, singing and learning
Ib gets his inspiration from God, family, friends and
colleagues. One of his biggest sources of inspiration is his late
[read late Professor S.K. Dabo's
A favorite quote:
"Natural ability without education has more often raised a man
to glory and virtue than education without natural ability." -
Marcus T. Cicero
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