Described by President Bill Clinton as “the Paul Farmer of [his] generation”, Shadrack Frimpong is a non-profit leader and public health researcher and scholar whose work is inspired by his background. A son of a peasant farmer and charcoal seller, he grew up without running water and electricity in rural Ghana. Yet, he became the first person from his village to attend college in the U.S, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, with the $150,000 President’s Engagement Prize, Penn’s highest honor.
Frimpong founded Cocoa360 and pioneered the “farm-for-impact” health equity model; a tuition-free girls’ school and community hospital sustained by proceeds from a cocoa farm. He leads a team of over 45 full-time staff members who have cared for 4000 patients, served 8 communities, delivered over 80 babies, reached over 35,000 farmers and currently educate 150 young girls.
Shadrack is a recipient of many awards including 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. In September 2017, President Bill Clinton named him to CGIUs Honor Roll Honor Roll and in June 2018, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth awarded him the Queen’s Young Leader Award at the Buckingham Palace. In 2019, Frimpong was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list of top social entrepreneurs in the world, and was one of six recipients of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, which recognizes activists who work towards social change under age thirty
In May 2019, Shadrack, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program as Recipient of the Richard Estes Global Citizenship Award. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health in Global Health as a Horstmann Scholar at Yale University.