Daniel DotseExecutive Director, Teach for Ghana
Prior to establishing Teach For Ghana, Daniel worked as a biotechnologist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. At Regeneron, his role entailed purifying protein molecules for the manufacture of active pharmaceutical products for treating various diseases. He credits this experience for exposing him to the power of social change on a large scale. For him, it was incredibly rewarding to produce innovative drugs that were accessible to a large number of individuals.
Before he ventured into the pharmaceutical world, Daniel studied biomedical engineering at Cornell University with a keen interest in nanotechnology. Daniel’s Cornell education was made possible by the Lester B. Knight Scholarship for bright low-income students with a strong interest in engineering and business. The impact of the scholarship went beyond financial freedom to pursue his passions, and Daniel was compelled and motivated to explore ways he could positively impact others in the way that the scholarship opportunity opened up doors for him. This led him to establish a 30,000-book capacity library in his home country, Ghana.
Daniel started basic school in the Northern part of Ghana, where access to quality education is a luxury. He recalls his third grade class experience, where 80 students crammed in one classroom with no chairs, exercise books, or teaching aids. Worse, the class teacher rarely showed up. This story is emblematic of the harsh realities of many impoverished communities in Ghana. This is the fundamental driving force for Teach For Ghana. With Teach For Ghana, Daniel hopes to help build a country where every child has access to an excellent education.
Daniel received his graduate degree from Cornell University, and his undergraduate degree from Arcadia University, where he majored in chemistry and minored in economics and physics. He is also a product of Achimota School, a place he credits for the change in his academic trajectory.