Professor Iqbal Z. Quadir, Founder and Director
Welcome to the Legatum Center website, where you can learn more about how our Center is promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in low-income countries. Established in 2007 with a generous multi-million dollar gift from Legatum, a global investment firm, our Center runs a competitive Fellowship program to prepare MIT students to create enterprises in developing countries. Our current and future Fellows seek to implement for-profit businesses that empower ordinary citizens and virally spread prosperity and development.
In a contribution for Harvard International Review's Mobile Might issue, the Director urges new foreign policy attention to the spread of commerce and improvement of citizens' economic lives in low-income countries.
In an article in Harvard Business Review, the Director explains why India's cell phone industry may prove even more economically beneficial than the country's highly successful traditional IT industry.
Form, Transform, Platform: How the Ubiquity of Mobile Phones Is Unleashing an Entrepreneurial Revolution
In the MIT Press journal Innovations, the Director introduces three categories of entrepreneurs unleashed by the spread of cell phones.
On Forbes.com, the Director compares two IT phenomena transforming India, emphasizing the egalitarian nature and subsequent local and global implications of mobile phones.
On Forbes.com, the Director makes a case for strengthening the American higher education sector to accommodate millions of international students, effecting a host of economic benefits for both the US and the world at large.