Described by former United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan as “…an embodiment of youth leadership”, Shadrack is a young man whose leadership style is inspired by his background of growing up in abject poverty as the son of a peasant farmer and charcoal seller in rural Ghana. A “face-to-face” encounter with leg amputation and death after contracting a life-threatening infection from swimming in his village’s river inspired him on a medical career path. With the support from a COCOBOD scholarship and street hawking, Shadrack enrolled at Opoku Ware School, Kumasi and later, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in the United States on full scholarship. He graduated from Penn in 2015 as Flagbearer, University Scholar and one of five students (and the first black student) in his graduating class awarded the prestigious $150,000 President’s Prize.
In college, Shadrack founded Tarkwa Breman Community Alliance (TBCA) which runs an “agro-campus”; a school for girls and community hospital that is self-sustained by proceeds from a cocoa plantation, in his village, Tarkwa-Breman in the Western Region. Prior to TBCA, he founded and presided over Students for A Healthy Africa (SAHA) and the African Research Academies for Women (ARA-W). SAHA provides free health insurance for HIV/AIDS orphans in Ghana and has constructed a health clinic and potable water well in two communities in rural Nigeria. ARA-W bridges the gap between male and female scientists in Africa through annual summer research internships for college women.
He is a recipient of the prestigious Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, which has past recipients such as U.S Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy and McArthur “Genius” Fellow, Dr. Angela Duckworth. His efforts have been lauded by the United States’ White House, and Ghana’s Flagstaff House. He has also received multiple invitations to meet President Bill Clinton and other leaders at the annual Clinton Global Initiative and has been appointed an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Shadrack was named to Future of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2015 and is also a 2016 Cordes Fellow. His work has been featured in USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, NextCity, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and other Ghanaian media houses.
Shadrack is also a friend, a musician and a researcher.