Mohamed Ali graduated from Temple University in August 2011 with a degree in International Business/Entrepreneurship and a minor in Economics. He also holds a Master 1 degree with a specialization in International Management and Finance from le Centre d’Etude Franco-Americain de Management. He previously helped launch Tambaroua Business Farming (TBF), a solar-powered, precision farm in Mali. He has a deep understanding of the rice value chain in Mali and has several years of finance and accounting experience with small businesses in France, the United States, and Mali. Mohamed is the recipient of prestigious awards and fellowships in social entrepreneurship and was named a 2012 Forbes Top 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur. He has also received fellowships from Echoing Green, INK, and the Unreasonable Institute and several honors from Temple including the Harry Halloran Social Entrepreneurship Award and the Temple Diamond Award.