The 2018 annual conference will celebrate Global Washington’s tenth anniversary and will declare what we want the world to look like ten years from now. From the refugee crisis to global health, food security to the future of work, we will explore the underlying root causes of poverty, disease, injustice, and inequality, as we seek to advance promising solutions that are working globally.

We will launch an initiative called “Next 10 Global” at our conference, focused on ten goals from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to catalyze collective impact over the next decade.

GlobalWA members are leading change all over the world, and if we work together, we believe that a more connected Global Washington can usher in the best version of the future we all want to see. Join us!

Keynote Speaker: Patrick G. Awuah, Jr.

Founder & President of Ashesi University, Ghana

Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University in Ghana, a not-for-profit institution that is recognized as one of the finest universities in Africa. Under Patrick’s leadership, Ashesi has created a curriculum and model grounded in the liberal arts that fosters critical thinking, entrepreneurship, ethics and leadership.

Prior to founding Ashesi in 2002, Patrick gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion as a project manager at Microsoft, including spearheading the development of dial-up internetworking technologies.  He holds bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, and earned an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business before returning to his native Ghana.

Patrick’s vision and leadership have been recognized on a global scale. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a winner of the WISE Prize for Education (2017), a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and a member of the Order of the Volta — one of Ghana’s highest honors. He holds honorary doctorates from Babson College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Waterloo.  In 2012, Ashesi University was ranked one of the top ten Most Respected Companies in Ghana, and was the first educational institution to win the award. In the same survey, Patrick Awuah was named the 4th Most Respected CEO in Ghana.  In 2015, Patrick was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune.

Ashesi University in Ghana is contributing to a renaissance in Africa by educating a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders. Ashesi’s curriculum combines a liberal arts core with practical, high-impact majors in business, computer science, and engineering, and a 4-year focus on leadership development and community service.  Ashesi students come from diverse economic, ethnic, religious, and national groups. Women make up 48% of the student body, and 47% of students receive need-based financial aid.Nearly all of Ashesi’s graduates receive job offers, start businesses or enter graduate school within six months of graduation, and over 90% have stayed to work for progress in Africa. /

Additional speakers to follow.

Thursday, December 6

Bell Harbor International Conference Center
221 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle, WA 98121

Early Bird: $165 (Members) / $275 (non-members)
Full price: $275 (members) / $385 (non-members)

NOTE: Free conference tickets are available for full-time field staff of non-profit GlobalWA members who reside outside the U.S. Please contact for more information or to request the free registration code.

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