Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University, a private, not-for-profit University located in Ghana, West Africa. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a winner of the McNulty Prize, and the 2017 winner of the WISE Prize for Education, an honor which recognizes individuals or teams for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education. Patrick holds bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He holds honorary doctorates from Babson College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Waterloo. Before founding Ashesi, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internetworking technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion. Patrick gave up his software career to return to Ghana in 1997.
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