Patrick Awuah Jr
Founder & President, Ashesi University, Ghana
Patrick Awuah Jr is the Founder and President of Ashesi University in Ghana, a not-for-profit institution that is recognized as one of the finest universities in Africa. Under Patrick’s leadership, Ashesi has created a curriculum and model grounded in the liberal arts that fosters critical thinking, entrepreneurship, ethics, and leadership.
Prior to founding Ashesi in 2002, Patrick gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion as a project manager at Microsoft, including spearheading the development of dial-up internetworking technologies. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College and earned an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business before returning to his native Ghana.
Patrick’s vision and leadership have been recognized on a global scale. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a winner of the WISE Prize for Education (2017), and a member of the Order of the Volta — one of Ghana’s highest honors. In 2015, Patrick was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune.
Patrick’s vision is an African renaissance driven by a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.
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