“I strongly believe that education is key to solving many large issues we all face individually and collectively,” Kevin Phaup.
Kevin Phaup is a donor, advocate, and most recently, has taken on the role of a volunteer at the Ashesi University Foundation office, helping with our tech needs. Kevin’s expertise has already proved to be an invaluable asset to the Foundation, and his wonderful sense of humor makes him a complete pleasure to work with. Kevin was first introduced to Ashesi in 2002 while working as Program Manager at Microsoft where he met Patrick Awuah.
What inspired you to first get involved with Ashesi?
Patrick and I were peers at Microsoft. I had the opportunity to hear his early pitches to raise interest and initial funding. They were inspiring. I strongly believe that education is the key to solving many large issues we all face individually and collectively.
How do you describe Ashesi to others?
I describe the audacity of the project from conception. I outline and emphasize the need that is there. There are many worthy projects in the world competing for our attention. Most giving is local or to causes people to feel strongly about at a national level. Crossing oceans, we naturally have concerns that our giving is well used. Ashesi has done a great job of communicating their successes and shortening that distance.
What motivates you to stay involved?
Volunteering for non-profits is something I have been doing for many years. It allows me to interact with interesting people who are keen to make a difference.
In your opinion, what is the most important work that Ashesi does?
To me, that is obvious when I have the opportunity to hear from students and read of their successes. We face many challenges in the next 100 years. Those who will contribute to solutions will be those who have learned to reason from first principles and draw from a broad set of ideas and experiences.