March 23 (Reuters) - The rebel council overseeing eastern Libya since a revolt against Muammar Gaddafi erupted named Mahmoud Jebril to head an interim government on Wednesday and appoint ministers. Here are five facts about Jebril:
* Born in Libya in 1952, he graduated from Cairo University in 1975 with a degree in economics and political science. Also has a U.S. doctorate in strategic planning and decision-making and has lectured and published several books on the subject.
* He accepted an invitation to join Libya's National Planning Council before being appointed chairman of the National Economic Development Board (NEDB) in 2009 with a brief to reform Libya's state-focused economy.
* Jebril was also involved in a project called Libyan Vision along with other intellectuals, with the aim of establishing a democratic state. Exiled dissidents say Jebril always invented excuses to avoid meeting Gaddafi during that time.
* He later quit his job on the National Economic Development Board and went back to his academic work. People who know Jebril say he was fed up with seeing every initiative he put forward rejected by Libya's conservative establishment.
* Jebril was named to head the rebel national council's crisis committee on March 5, covering military and foreign affairs, and has spearheaded efforts to persuade foreign powers to recognise the council as the legitimate government. (Reporting by Tom Pfeiffer in Cairo and Angus MacSwan and Benghazi, Libya; editing by Mark Heinrich)