Shadrack Frimpong, Founder & CEO
Born and raised in Tarkwa Breman, a small village in the Western Region of Ghana, Shadrack wouldn’t let anything come between him and his dreams. As the son of a peasant farmer and charcoal seller, he had two options: become a farmer or start a family. Education was secondary.
However, he broke away from tradition and chose education. With the aid of scholarships and self-support from street jobs, Shadrack was able to graduate from Opoku Ware School, Kumasi, Ghana, in 2011 in General Science. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biology in 2015.
At the University of Pennsylvania, he was one of five students in his graduating class who was awarded the prestigious President’s Engagement Prize. Shadrack utilized this prize as seed funding to establish the Tarkwa Breman Girls’ School and Tarkwa Breman Community Clinic, forming the foundation of Cocoa360.
irma lee q., executive director
Irma Lee Q. has earned over a decade of leadership experience in the Real Estate Development sector. She holds a B.A. in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University and an M.A. in International Relations from LECIAD. Prior to joining Cocoa360, Irma was the lead operations and project manager on a multi-million dollar real-estate project.
For Irma, the work Cocoa360 does, has many points of intersection with her personal value system. She saw an opportunity to bring her development experience to bear albeit with a much wider and deeper impact scope. As she describes it, “The opportunity to trigger change that will have positive generational impact in the lives of some of Africa’s hardest working folks, our farmers, feels like a gift.”
Irma joined Cocoa 360 in August 2019 and will lead Management and Operations as Executive Director.
Julian Addo, CFO
Julian Addo holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he met Shadrack and became acquainted with his mission for Cocoa360. Prior to joining Cocoa360 as a member of the founding team, Julian worked as a Financial Analyst at Ampere Capital Group, where he gained a working knowledge of treasury and financial management. Julian is a valuable asset to the team due to his strong combination of analytical ability and financial expertise, making him well suited to tackle complex open-ended issues. At Cocoa360, he is responsible for managing the processes for financial forecasting and budgets, and overseeing the preparation of all financial reporting.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is an experienced and diverse collective of leaders who ensure Cocoa360’s prosperity and integrity.
Managing Director of A&C Construction
Founder and CEO, Imago-Connect LTD
Managing Director of Vodacom
Kwabena Sarpong (Dr.)
Pediatrician in Texas
Maame Afon Yelbert-Obeng
MILT-Management for Impact Leadership & Transformation