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Michael Quarshie is a co-founder of Persol Systems Limited -- a leading software, systems integration and IT Consulting company in Ghana. He has a breadth of diverse experience ranging from living and operating a gold mine in the tropical rain forests of Ghana at age 25, cocoa and fruit farming in the northern part of Ghana, and a stint as a life sciences equity research associate at WestLB Panmure in London, UK. Michael is a co-founder of a not-for-profit organization (Foundation for Liberal Democracy-FOLD) in Ghana, which promotes classical liberal democratic thinking as an alternative to traditional economic and social paradigms that have yielded minimum success in Africa. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Michael has an MBA from INSEAD, France and a BS (Hons.) in biochemistry from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.