Emmanuel grew up in Ghana where he spent most of his teen years accompanying his parents on mission trips to rural communities. He developed a passion for service through that experience and has over the years sought effective ways of helping the needy, especially vulnerable children. He moved to the Northern Virginia in 2008 where he attended high school. As a senior, he designed a social experiment on the effect of feedback on high school students’ test performance which earned him an Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
He enrolled at Washington and Lee University in 2011 with scholarships from the QuestBridge and Gates Millennium Scholarship Programs. As a biochemistry major, and poverty minor on the pre-med track, he interned at two departments at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Ghana, working on projects to develop a new antibiotic and reduce malaria-related child mortality through vaccine-development. He has presented his work at national conferences held by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science where he won an award.
His volunteer experience in Ghana focused on health intervention projects for screening and treating water-borne illnesses, as well as counseling new and expectant mothers on proper child-care and nutrition. His passion for children’s well-being led him to start Citadel Foundation for Kids (CFK)—an NGO in Ghana and a 501(c)3 Charity in the United States. CFK aims to enable college students and professionals in both countries to collaborate and contribute their resources towards a better world for children.
He is currently pursuing a M.S. in Commerce with a Marketing and Management Concentration at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce to build CFK and gain insights on non-profit management. After graduating this fall, he will be continuing on to medical school.
Emmanuel serves as WAGI.Labs’ Connection Connector with the main task of connecting the preliminary set of global WAGI.Labs to each other—starting with Charlottesville VA, and Accra, Ghana.