Ashesi University Foundation Team
Ashesi University Foundation, based in Seattle, WA, connects a global community of friends and donors to Ashesi University in Ghana.
Ashesi Foundation's Board of Trustees is comprised of leaders from business, tech, international development, finance, law, and academia.
Director, John P. & Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation
MArch, Columbia University
Senior Product Cost Manager, GE
B.Sc., Ashesi University
Founder & President, Ashesi University
MBA, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Chief Executive Officer of Bedrock Management Services LLC
MSC. Pl., M.Arch., UC Berkeley
Financial Advisor and retired Microsoft Executive
MBA, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
Vice President, Aspen Institute and Executive Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group
MA, The Johns Hopkins University
Managing Director, Melody Capital Partners, LP
BA, Claremont McKenna College
Entrepreneurship Faculty, University of Washington
PhD, University of Washington
MBA, University of Washington
Founding and Managing Member of Filament, LLC
MBA, University of Michigan
BA, St. Olaf College
Partner, Five Star Organics LLC
MBA, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Director, Microsoft Corporation
UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
BA, Haverford College
|Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa
Executive Director, Delta Philanthropies
BS, Caas Business School
MA, Hult International Business School
Attorney, Law Office of Lisa Norton PLLC
JD, Harvard Law School
MPA, University of Washington
|Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies
MPP, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Product Manager (retired) Microsoft Corporation
BA, Barnard College of Columbia University
AA Graphic Design, Art Institute of Seattle
Adjunct Professor of Software Entrepreneurship, Northwestern University
Corporate Vice President (retired) Microsoft Corporation
BA, Northwestern University
Founder and President
Before founding Ashesi, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft Corporation. He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In 2004, Swarthmore awarded Patrick an honorary doctorate in recognition of his leadership in African higher education. Patrick Awuah was nominated a Global Leader 2007 by the World Economic Forum; and in recognition of his service to Ghana, was awarded Membership of the Order of the Volta by His Excellency, President J. A. Kufuor. He is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (a branch of The Aspen Global Leadership Network), a member of the United States Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Tau Beta Pi honor society for excellence in engineering.
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Vice President, Ashesi University Foundation
When she joined Ashesi in 2008, Joanna brought 14 years of non-profit fundraising and administration experience as Development Director and Trustee of Seattle Midwifery School and Assistant Regional Director of Women in Community Service. She earned a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and an MPA from UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs. Joanna first traveled to Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching math in The Gambia. Connect on LinkedIn
Chief of Staff to the President & Director of University Communications, Ashesi University
Eben has served in various capacities at Ashesi University since 2011, and currently leads the communication, alumni engagement and fundraising teams at the University in his role as the Director of External Relations. He also serves as Special Assistant to the President, helping implement strategic initiatives from the Office of the President; and Secretary to the Board, serving as a key liaison between Board members and the University. He holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Ashesi, and was a Middle East and Africa Talent scholarship recipient at IE Business School, where he earned his master's degree in Corporate Communications.
|Megan E.M. Hastings
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ashesi University Foundation
Megan has over a decade of experience mobilizing resources to ensure access to education, credit and global markets in developing countries. Most recently she served as the CEO of Sasa Designs, where she led the many regulatory, legal and financial parameters of a growing social enterprise. In 2015, Megan negotiated the asset sale and brand transfer of Sasa Designs to Greater Good Wholesale, a division of CharityUSA.com. Megan’s Entrepreneurial Studies from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business IGNITE program, as well her MA in International Development from the University of Nairobi, guide a unique approach to non-profit development, entrepreneurship, partnerships and strategy.
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ashesi University
Nachula is passionate about the changing face of higher education on the continent. She began her career in finance and banking, working in Zambia and Singapore with Standard Chartered Bank. She later moved into the education sector where she has worked both on the teaching and advocacy and partnership ends. Nachula holds a first degree in accounting and an MBA from IESE Business School.
|Rachel Bates Wilfahrt
Director of Prospect Management and Research, Ashesi University Foundation
Rachel joined Ashesi after a decade working in data and prospect research and management roles in Colorado. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver. She is active in the Special Libraries Association, previously serving as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter, and received the association’s Rising Star Award in 2013.
Grant and Operations Coordinator, Ashesi University Foundation
Camille grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and recently graduated from Truman State University with a BA in Finance and Spanish. She has studied in Costa Rica and Spain, and came to Ashesi after a year of work in the international development field at Zidisha, a microfinance organization with operations in Ghana.
Donor Communications Officer, Ashesi University Foundation
Prior to joining Ashesi, Kayla worked as the Advancement Assistant at Lincoln Community School where she provided support in the areas of marketing, development and community relations. Kayla earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Ashesi University and MS in Mass Communication from Boston University.
Communications Officer, Ashesi University
Nadia Amasa is a communications specialist who has worked in this field well over four years. In her role as Communications Officer, she promotes communications through sharing stories about the people and happenings with the Ashesi Community on the school's media platforms as well as running the Ashesi Radio Station. Prior to joining the External Relations team, Nadia worked as the Student Activities Coordinator in the Office for Students and Community Affairs for a year, and before that worked as a television presenter for a local station for three years. Nadia graduated from Ashesi University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Senior Alumni and Public Relations Officer, Ashesi University
Ashesi University Team
Ashesi is a private, non-profit liberal arts university located in Berekuso, Ghana. Our mission is to educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within our students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others and the courage it will take to transform their continent.
The University Board of Directors is comprised of Ghanaian leaders in academia and the corporate sector.
- Harriette Amissah-Arthur
Arthur Energy Advisors
MBA, University of Ghana
- Yaw Asare-Aboagye
Head of Regional Clinical Operations
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi)
DVM, University of Ibadan
MS, Louisiana State University School of Public Health
- Patrick Awuah
Founder & President
MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
- Mona Boyd
Land Tours Ghana Ltd
BA, Boston University
- Sangu Delle
Africa Health Holdings
MBA, Harvard Business School
JD, Harvard Law School
- Tamar di Franco
MSCE, Colorado State University
- Pearl Esua-Mensah (Board Chair)
Ghana Deposit Protection Corporation (GDPC)
MBA, University of Manchester
- Yawa Hansen-Quao
MA, Kofi Annan International Training Centre
BSc., Ashesi University
- Abdul-Latif Issahaku '05
Data and Devices Manager
BSc, Ashesi University
Founder & President
Before founding Ashesi University, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internet working technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion.
He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College; an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; and honorary Doctorates from Swarthmore College, Babson College and the University of Waterloo.
He has won many prestigious international awards including 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, and the World Innovation Summit for Education Prize. Click here to read a full bio.
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Prior to her role at Ashesi, Araba worked as the Program Officer for the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) in West Africa for a period of 12 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French with Spanish from the University of Ghana, a post graduate diploma in Marketing of Services from the Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands), an Executive MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, a certificate in Management of Higher Education Institutions from the Galilee College (Israel), and a certificate in Project Management from Syncom Business Intelligence (South Africa).
Dean of Students & Community Affairs
Prior to Ashesi, Abdul was the Director of Full-time and Professional MBA Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MBA from Governor State University in Illinois. Abdul has 15+ years’ experience in designing, forecasting, marketing and implementing programs to yield results in corporate and non-for profit sectors and 13 years of experience in higher education working with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students.
Chief Operating Officer
Yasmin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She began her career in the financial services industry in New York as an investment banker at Société Generale where she focused on asset-based finance. After her MBA, she worked as a director in corporate finance at American Express.
Yasmin is passionate about non-profit management and making an impact in the lives of African youth. Prior to joining Ashesi, she was the Chief Operations Officer at IkamvaYouth, a South African non-profit focused on empowering disadvantaged youth through education, where she helped scale the organization's student reach threefold. Yasmin grew up in the Ivory Coast and is fluent in French.
Angela comes to Ashesi with over 30 years of experience in academic development and research, and oversees faculty and excellence in instruction and research.
Prior to joining Ashesi, Angela was a Professor of Doctoral Studies, and a Faculty Chair of dissertation research, at Concordia University, Portland, Oregon. She also served as a national commissioner for the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a major accrediting agency of over 700 higher education institutions. She also served as the Associate Dean of the School of Education, the Director of the Master of Education Programs, Coordinator of Unit Assessment and Accreditation, Licensure Officer, and Chair of Teacher Education Programs, at Elon University.
She was educated in Ghana (BA in psychology with sociology), Spain (MS in International Educational Administration, and certificate in TESOL), the United States (Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Quantitative Research Methods and Social Science Statistics, and Instructional Technology), with a residency at Oxford University.
Academic Advisory Council: Core Curriculum
- Timothy Burke: PhD, Professor and Chair, History, Swarthmore College
- Erik Cheever: PhD, Professor, Engineering, Swarthmore College
- Clifton Kussmaul: PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Muhlenberg College
- Raymond Hopkins: PhD, Professor, Political Science, Swarthmore College
- Fred Orthlieb: PhD, Professor, Engineering, Swarthmore College
Academic Advisory Council: Business Curriculum
- Sara Beckman: PhD, Senior Lecturer, Manufacturing & Information Technology, UC Berkeley
- Jennifer Chatman: PhD, Professor, Organizational Behavior & Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley
- David Downes: PhD, Director of MBA Program, UC Berkeley
- Dan Himelstein: MSc, Director of Undergraduate Business Program, UC Berkeley
- Dwight Jaffee: PhD, Professor, Finance, UC Berkeley
- Jonathan Leonard: PhD, Professor, Economic Analysis & Policy, UC Berkeley
- Richard Lyons: PhD, Professor, Economic Analysis & Policy, UC Berkeley
- Andrew Shogan: PhD, Associate Dean of Instruction, UC Berkeley
- Sebastian Teunissen: PhD, Executive Director Clausen Center for International Business & Policy, UC Berkeley
- Brett Trueman: PhD, Professor, Accounting, UC Berkeley
- David Vogel: PhD, Professor, Accounting, UC Berkeley
- James Wilcox: PhD, Professor, Economic Analysis & Policy, UC Berkeley
- Russell Winer: PhD, Professor, Marketing, UC Berkeley
Academic Advisory Council:Computer Science Curriculum
- Jean-Loup Baer: PhD, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
- Alan Borning: PhD, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
- Martin Dickey: PhD, Lecturer, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
- Carl Ebeling: PhD, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
- William Erdly: PhD, Program Director, Computing & Software Systems, University of Washington
- Joe Linn: PhD, former Remote File Systems Architect, Microsoft Corporation
- David Notkin: PhD, Chair, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
Academic Advisory Council: Engineering
- Ayodele O. Abatan: PhD, Chair, Engineering Technology, Miami University
- Erik Cheever: PhD, Professor, Engineering, Swarthmore College
- Paul Fieguth: PhD, Chair, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
- Mark Henderson: PhD, Professor, Engineering, Arizona State University
- Ed Jernigan: PhD, Professor/Director, Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo
- Vincent Manno: PhD, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Olin College