Patrick Awuah, Dr. was born in Ghana in the year 1965. He is an engineer, educator, and entrepreneur. He was educated at Association International school and continued to Achimota School all in Ghana.
He moved to the United States of America in 1985 to attend Swarthmore College with a full scholarship. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Economics, graduating in 1989.
Following graduation, Awuah worked as a software engineer and program manager for Microsoft from 1989 to 1997 after a 10 hour interview. He remembers the work environment at Microsoft was constant creativity and long hours of dedication.
At Microsoft, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internet working technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion. He met his future wife, software testing engineer Rebecca Awuah
He has won many prestigious international awards including the MacArthur Fellowship; the McNulty Prize; and 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 2015, Patrick was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune, and received the Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, given to UC Berkeley alumni with distinguished records of service to their countries.
Patrick served on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2010 to 2016.
He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society for excellence in engineering.
Awards and Affiliations
- Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative—Aspen Global Leadership Network
- Member, US Council of Foreign Relations
- Member: Tau Beta Pi Honor Society for Excellence in Engineering.
- Member, TED Fellows Program: 2007 TED/Global, 2009 TED Fellow
- Awarded Membership of the Order of the Volta by his Excellency President J.A. Kufuor, Ghana in 2007
- Ghana Web, 2005 Person of the Year
- Young Global Leader, 2007, World Economic Forum
- Honorary Doctor of Laws, Swarthmore College in 2004
- Winner, 2009 Microsoft Alumni Foundation “Integral Fellow” award
- Winner, John P. McNulty Prize 2009, Aspen Institute
- Ghana’s 8th Most Respected CEO, 2010 (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
- Winner, Educational Development, Millennium Excellence Awards 2010, Ghana
- Member, Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development, March 2010 – March 2016
- Ghana’s 4th Most Respected CEO, 2012 (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
- Leading Through Innovation Award, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, 2012
- Honorary Doctor of Laws, Babson College, 2013
- Paul Harris Fellow, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 2013
- Elon Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Elon University, 2014
- Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, 2014
- 50 Greatest Leaders in 2015, Fortune Magazine, 2015
- 2015 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
- MacArthur Fellowship, 2015
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