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Faculty and staff at Inauguration Day 2002

Ashesi University is a subsidiary of Ashesi University Foundation, a non-profit, publicly supported US corporation based in Seattle, Washington. The Foundation's efforts are led by an experienced Board of Trustees and Advisory Board composed of academic and industry representatives from the US and Ghana who share a vision of establishing an institution that will train Africa's future leaders.

Board of Trustees
A well-qualified Board of Trustees, composed of individuals with experience in business, information technology, finance, and African studies, oversees the Ashesi University project.
Kwame Anthony Appiah Professor of Philosophy
Princeton University
PhD, University of Cambridge
Yaw Asare-Aboagye Associate Director, Medical Affairs
Amgen Incorporated
DVM, University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and
MS, Tulane University School of Public Health
Patrick Awuah Founder & President
Ashesi University Foundation
MBA, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Bill Bliss Vice President, Customer Experience
Expedia Incorporated
BS, Northwestern University
Annie Chan Financial Analyst
Hewlett-Packard Company
MBA, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Neil Collins Senior Investment Professional
Quellos Group LLC
BA, Claremont McKenna College
Keval Desai Product Manager
Google Incorporated
MBA, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
David Leonard
(Chairman of the Board)
Dean, International & Area Studies
and Professor, Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
PhD, University of Chicago
Mike Murray VP Human Resources & Administration (retired)
Microsoft Corporation
MBA, Stanford University
Patrick Nutor Founder & Managing Director
Accu-Computers Ltd. & Accu-Works Ltd.
BA, Dartmouth College
Todd Warren Vice President, Devices, Services and Experience Group
Microsoft Corporation
BA, Northwestern University
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Advisory Board
Our advisors offer support, guidance and advice as we work to accomplish our mission. These advisors have distinguished careers and offer insight into the particular opportunities and pitfalls our operations face. Our advisors include US and Ghanaian professionals and academics, including faculty members at Harvard University, UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, New York University's Sloan School of Business, University of Washington, and Swarthmore College.

Kofi Bonner Executive Vice President, Business Operations & Chief Administrative Officer
Cleveland Browns
Henry Louis Gates Jr. Chair, Department of Afro-American Studies & Director, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research
Harvard University

Ghanaian Advisory Council

Nancy Keteku Regional Educational Advising Coordinator for Africa
Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Michael Larbi Managing Director
Larbi Group Limited.
Kofi Kwakwa Managing Director for Africa
Mastrex Ltd.
Patrick Nutor Founder & Managing Director
Accu-Computers Ltd. & Accu-Works Ltd.
Ken Ofori-Atta Executive Chairman
Databank Financial Services Ltd.

Business Administration Advisory Council
Sara Beckman PhD, Senior Lecturer, Manufacturing & Information Technology Haas School of Business
Jennifer Chatman PhD, Professor, Organizational Behavior & Industrial Relations Haas School of Business
David Downes PhD, Director of MBA Program (retired)
Haas School of Business
Dan Himelstein* MSc, Director of Undergraduate Business Program
Haas School of Business
Dwight Jaffee PhD, Professor, Finance
Haas School of Business
Jonathan Leonard PhD, Professor, Economic Analysis & Policy
Haas School of Business
Richard Lyons* PhD, Professor, Economic Analysis & Policy 
Haas School of Business
Andrew Shogan PhD, Associate Dean of Instruction & Associate Professor, Manufacturing & Information Technology
Haas School of Business
Sebastian Teunissen PhD, Director of International Affairs and Executive Director of Clausen Center for International Business & Policy
Haas School of Business
David Vogel PhD, Professor, Business & Public Policy
Haas School of Business
James Wilcox PhD, Professor, Economic Analysis & Policy
Haas School of Business
Russell Winer PhD, Associate Dean & Professor, Marketing
Stern School of Business
*Co-Chairs of the Business Administration Advisory Council

Computer Science Advisory Council
Jean-Loup Baer* PhD, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington
Alan Borning PhD, Professor, 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, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington
*Co-Chairs of the Computer Science Advisory Council

Core Curriculum Advisory Council

Timothy Burke* PhD, Associate Professor, History
Swarthmore College
Erik Cheever PhD, Professor, Engineering
Swarthmore College
Clif Kussmaul PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Muhlenberg College
Raymond Hopkins PhD, Professor, Political Science
Swarthmore College
Fred Orthlieb* PhD, Professor, Engineering
Swarthmore College
*Co-Chairs of the Core Curriculum Advisory Council

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Executive Management
Nana Apt, Dean of Academic Affairs
Dr. Nana Apt is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Social Policy Studies at University of Ghana, Legon. She earned undergraduate degrees in philosophy, psychology and English from Queen's University of Canada, a Masters in Social Work from University of Toronto, Canada, and a PhD in sociology from University of Ghana.

Patrick Awuah, President
Previously worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft Corporation. Earned a BS in engineering and a BA in economics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania; member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society for excellence in engineering. MBA degree from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Nina Marini, Vice President
Previously worked as a financial analyst with Horst, Frisch, Clowery & Finan Inc. in Washington D.C. and in public relations at Bridgestone Corporation's global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Earned a BA in history at Haverford College and an MBA degree from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Yaw Nyarko, Acting Dean of Institutional Development
Dr. Yaw Nyarko is a professor of economics at New York University. He earned undergraduate degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Ghana, and Masters and PhD degrees in economics from Cornell University. Dr. Nyarko also teaches microeconomics at Ashesi as a Visiting Professor.

Mildred Wulff, Director of Business Operations
Previously worked in market research at CDNOW Inc., and as an analyst for Jupiter Communications and The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Earned a BA in economics from Swarthmore College.

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Administrative Staff 
Adzo Amegayibor Associate Director, Career Placement, Ghana
Casper Annie Operations Manager, Ghana
Emefa Asiam Admissions Assistant, Ghana
Mercy Ghansah Eduful Receptionist, Ghana
Dzifa Mamattah Receptionist, Ghana
Suala Mohammed Hostel Caretaker, Ghana
Mohammed Osuman Facilities Assistant, Ghana
Alexander Tabi Financial Officer, Ghana
Matthew Taggart Development Associate, Seattle
Peter Tetteh Operations Assistant, Ghana
Fafa Tete-Katchan Associate Director of Admissions, Ghana
Emelia Toba Associate Dean of Student and Community Affairs, Ghana

Please see our faculty listing in the Academics section.

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