Meet Our Newest Trustee: Charles Agyeman ’10

February 24, 2020
A well-qualified international Board of Trustees governs Ashesi University Foundation. Trustees come from diverse professional backgrounds, spanning business, technology, international development, non-profit leadership, finance, law, venture capital, and African studies. Please join us in welcoming our newest trustee, Charles Agyeman ’10.

In 2010, Charles graduated from Ashesi magna cum laude with a B.Sc. in Business Administration. “My career and story would be not possible without Ashesi,” he says. “After completing high school with straight A’s, I was not sure whether I would make it to college because my parents could not afford it. Ashesi came to the rescue! I got accepted into Ashesi with a scholarship. While at Ashesi, I was fortunate to land an internship with Goldman Sachs in London, UK and also serve as the Financial Chairperson of the Ashesi Student Council (ASC). Ashesi really gave me the space to grow and learn how to think very differently.”

“My career and story would be not possible without Ashesi.”

“I recently read the “Citizenship in a Republic” speech by Theodore Roosevelt. The most memorable section of the speech “The Man in the Arena” reminded me of my life philosophy, shaped in part by Ashesi — hard work, tenacity, and a desire to do the right thing can get you far in life. The breadth of the education and the experiences and the relationships I gained at Ashesi has helped me develop in different dimensions. One thing that continues to resonate, is the way Ashesians are able to think with an interdisciplinary approach. It is something that has benefited me greatly over the years. To perform at the highest levels in any profession, you can’t just be technically proficient at one thing, you constantly need to learn, to retool and approach things in different ways. All of these were built on the skills I learned at Ashesi.”

Since graduating, Charles has grown his career at General Electric. He currently works as a Senior Product Cost Manager in Greenville, South Carolina, where he partners with sourcing functions across the supply chain to guide product costing and supplier diversification and execute sourcing strategy.

“I reached this place in my career because of the foundation my Ashesi education afforded me, and it is time I put those skills to work for Ashesi.”

Charles was motivated to become an Ashesi Foundation Trustee because he felt that now was the right time for him to give back to the Ashesi community. “I am at a point in my career and life where I have gained what I believe to be valuable skills and experiences. I reached this place in my career because of the foundation my Ashesi education afforded me, and it is time I put those skills to work for Ashesi,” he says. Charles will bring a valuable new perspective to the Board, informed by his experience as a student and his knowledge of the needs, concerns, and interests of the current generation of Ashesi students.

 

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