Mahmoud Jebril is a planning expert and a senior politician, he was the director of the executive bureau of the National Transitional Council from March 23, 2011 until he resigned from his position in the National Transitional Council in November 2011.
He was born in 1952 in Benghazi.
Jebril is known for his prolific academic credentials, he received his Baccalaureate Degree in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University in 1975. He also received his Master’s Degree in political science from the University of Pittsburg in the USA in 1980. In 1984, he was awarded his Doctorate in strategic planning from the University of Pittsburg where he also taught the subject.
He has published a book on decision making and planning. He then directed and organized many training programs for political leaders in Arab countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Tunisia as well as western countries such as the Great Britain. He is also the chairman of the board of directors of International Getrac Company.
During Gadaffi’s era, he was a senior government adviser for the Libyan Government. At the son of Libyan leader, Saif Al Islam Gadaffi’s request, he served as the head of the National Economic Development Board. Jebril was well known for working independently from the regime of Ghadaffi.
In 2010, he declined the “Alfatah Prize” an award granted by the Gadaffi regime, citing personal reasons.
In March 2011, he was an early defector from Gadaffi’s regime and joined the National Transitional Council. He served in the interim government for 8 months as the head of the executive bureau until he resigned once the interim Government headed by Abderahim Alkeeb was established.
At the time he said that he did not resign because he was afraid of upcoming implications of the revolution, but because he was was committed to his promise to resign from the National Transitional Council once Gadaffi’s regime fell. He said he wanted to make room in the Libyan government for women and youth who were the “real revolutionaries.”