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GBSN would like to congratulate Dr. Patrick Awuah on receiving the Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award for his work as a trailblazing educational leader in Ghana. The annual award, given to a UC Berkeley alumna with a devotion to international affairs, is regarded as one of the most prestigious honors on the Haas Business School, University of California Berkeley (GBSN Member School) campus.
Dr. Awuah was also named to Fortune's list of the world's 50 greatest leaders in 2015—joining Pope Francis, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg. The list honors "extraordinary men and women who are transforming business, government, philanthropy, and so much more."
Dr. Awuah is the founder and president of Ashesi University, a private, not-for-profit institution that has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality education in Ghana. Ashesi aims to contribute to a renaissance in Africa by arming a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders with the critical thinking skills and the ethical courage needed to foster change in Africa.
Dr. Awuah was a keynote speaker at the 2013 GBSN Annual Conference. His conversation focused on Leadership and Management Education's Role in Improving Lives in the Developing World.
"Africa will be transformed under the leadership of bright young Africans who are educated in Africa, taught to think critically, to question, to solve problems, and above all, to care. I founded Ashesi to be a spark of a revitalized Africa. Ashesi is a catalyst for new enterprises and new solutions, and offers a new model for other universities in Africa."
- Patrick Awuah
Congratulations, Dr. Awuah!
Jasper McElrath is the Communications and Event Planning Intern at the Global Business School Network