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Patrick Awuah

Founder and President, Ashesi University


Patrick Awuah is founder and president of Ashesi University in Ghana which is striving to educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa. Before founding Ashesi, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft where he spearheaded the development of dial-up internetworking technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion. He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Patrick is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a member of the USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. He has been named a Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company magazine, the 4th Most Respected CEO in Ghana by a survey of his peers, and a 2015 MacArther Fellow. By raising the bar for higher education in Ghana, Patrick and the Ashesi community aim to make a significant contribution towards a renaissance in Africa.