The Executive Team is the core leadership of the University

Patrick Awuah
Founder & 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. Click here to read a full bio. 

Marcia Grant
Provost


Marcia Grant brings to Ashesi her vast experience as a teacher, diplomat, educational administrator and college founder.

She has taught African, Latin American and International Politics at Oberlin College, served as foreign affairs consultant for the US Departments of State, Justice, and Labor, as Director of the Fulbright Program in Mexico, as Assistant Cultural Attaché for the American Embassy in Paris, as Director of the Edward S. Mason Program for Mid-Career Fellows at the Kennedy School at Harvard, and as Executive Director of the Institute of North American Studies in Barcelona.

In 1999, at the invitation of Queen Effat of Saudi Arabia and her daughter Princess Lolowah, Dr. Grant served as the founding Dean of Saudi Arabia's first liberal arts college for women. Since then, she has also served as Dean of the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris, as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, and as Academic Planning Head of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at The Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr. Grant earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College, a Master of Arts and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in African Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ruth Kwakwa
Dean of Student and Community Affairs


A graduate of Swarthmore College (Sociology and Anthropology) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (City Planning), Ruth has a working background in educational administration, social marketing and international development. She joined Ashesi after managing admissions and marketing at a South African school, media strategy and social marketing at Lintas Ghana, and while developing a business to give young people international exposure. Ruth chose Ashesi because of its compelling vision as a groundbreaking liberal arts college in Africa. At Ashesi, Ruth focuses on creating opportunities that complement academic experiences and which generate richer lifelong options for students. She has a passion for working with young adults through mentoring, intercultural exchanges and leadership programs. Ruth grew up in Jamaica, and has been married to Ghana for about 20 years.

Araba Botchway
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


Araba Botchway AshesiPrior to her new 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).

Michael Kwatia
Chief Operating Officer


Prior to his new role at Ashesi, Michael worked as Senior Solutions Consultant at the Cambodian based Neeka and ThakralOne subsidiaries of the 2 Billion USD Thakral Group of Companies of Singapore. He holds a B.Tech degree in Business and Finance from Barnsley College of Technology (UK) and an MBA in Information Systems Management from Trinity University and College (UK). Michael has had over twenty years' experience in information technology, project management and financial management. He has worked in the UK, Russia and the Far East in business, consultancy and academia.

Suzanne Buchele
Associate Provost


Suzanne re-joins the Executive Team after a former tenure on the Committee from 2007-2008, while she was Acting Dean of Academic Affairs at Ashesi.  Suzanne is Associate Provost, assisting the Provost in all academic matters, and she takes the lead on the development of new programs and curricula.  She is also an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Ashesi.  Suzanne has several years of industry experience and over 15 years of experience in Academia, primarily at Southwestern University (USA), and two years at Ashesi from 2006-2008 as a Fulbright Scholar.  She holds a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Mathematical Sciences (with Honors) from Connecticut College (USA), an M.A. in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin (USA), and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Sciences also from UT Austin.  Suzanne rejoined the Ashesi Team in 2014. 

Governance

Ashesi University College is a private, not-for-profit, non-sectarian institution. It is sponsored by Ashesi University Foundation, a non-profit, publicly supported US corporation as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Neither Ashesi University College nor Ashesi University Foundation have any political affiliations in Ghana or abroad. Ashesi will work with all interested parties in achieving its educational mission.

 

Governance

Ashesi University College is a private, not-for-profit, non-sectarian institution. It is sponsored by Ashesi University Foundation, a non-profit, publicly supported US corporation as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Neither Ashesi University College nor Ashesi University Foundation have any political affiliations in Ghana or abroad. Ashesi will work with all interested parties in achieving its educational mission.