photograph by Paul Fetters

Jibrell Selected as Vice President of Information Technology

Mohamoud Jibrell, an expert in global information technology (IT), has been named HHMI's next Vice President of Information Technology. Jibrell joined the Institute in March 2010, after a seven-year tenure at the Ford Foundation.

“Mohamoud brings a wealth of experience to HHMI as a leader in information technology within the nonprofit sector,” says Robert Tjian, president of HHMI. “He brings vision, as well as a demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across a distributed organization.”

At the Ford Foundation in New York, Jibrell served as chief technology officer, overseeing IT operations in 13 locations. He led major initiatives to streamline the foundation's IT operations and was involved in developing and implementing new enterprise-wide systems to support its worldwide grant-making activities. These efforts included implementing a strategic plan, integrating global IT infrastructure, and consolidating application systems into a single facility.

As chief information officer and director of information technology for the Washington, D.C.-based American Psychiatric Association (APA) from 2001 to 2002, Jibrell led a major realignment of the systems that support the APA's publishing and other activities. He also has extensive experience in the manufacturing sector and held positions in IT and product management with the Thermo King Corp., a division of the Ingersoll-Rand Co. that manufactures heating and cooling systems, from 1992 to 2001. From 1998 to 2001, he was a global product manager responsible for a line of bus air conditioning systems manufactured in the United States, the Czech Republic, China, and Brazil.

Trained as a mechanical engineer, Jibrell received his bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and began his career as an engineer with the Otis Elevator Co., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. in Farmington, Connecticut. He was born in Somalia and moved to the United States as a teenager. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife Teha and their three children.

Jibrell serves on the board of Samasource, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of the Internet to provide paying work to marginalized people, including refugees and disadvantaged women around the world. He is also a board member of XBRL US, Inc., a nonprofit consortium that supports business reporting standards in the United States through the adoption of XBRL (extensible business reporting language).