Dean of Engineering, Ashesi University
Fred McBagonluri is Dean of Engineering at Ashesi University and Executive Director of the Ghana Climate Innovation Center, a new cleantech incubator backed by the World Bank.
Born and raised in Ghana, Fred attended secondary school there before heading overseas. He has been awarded 21 patents during his career as an inventor, engineer and executive at major universities and corporations in the United States, has written eight books and spends much of his time mentoring young adults about STEM and leadership.In 2009 he was a candidate finalist in NASA’s astronaut recruitment program. Now, though, he has headed home.
“I returned to Ghana to help foster and refocus the next stages of economic development on an innovation footpath,” Fred says. His interest in energy access and renewable energy in Africa comes from the recognition that it can have profound effects. “Persistent issues with power supply in Ghana have ravaged small businesses and slowed economic growth,” he says. He is currently using his materials science, business and complex systems analysis expertise to craft strategies for the implementation and marketing of organic solar PVs in Africa.