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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 served on the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid from 2010 to 2016. 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 MacArthur Fellow. He is in the membership of the Order of the Volta -- one of Ghana’s highest awards, given to individuals who exemplify the ideal of service to the country. In November 2009, he won two prestigious awards: the 2009 Microsoft Alumni Foundation “Integral Fellow” award a program honoring Microsoft Alumni who have made a meaningful difference in the daily lives of others by using their talents, time and resources to contribute to the community and the John P. McNulty Prize from the Aspen Institute, which recognizes an extraordinary young leader making creative, effective, and lasting contributions to his or her community. 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. 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 inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.