“To whom much is given, much is required.”
Isaac Addae has always been a rebel. From the time he decided to become an engineer instead of a doctor, he developed a habit of going against the status quo. Rather than following the path laid before him, the path he was instructed and expected to go down -- he was bold enough to blaze his own trail. He decided to create the life he wanted for himself, one that he knew he could engineer if he leveraged all of his resources.
Now, he’s determined to help others do the same. But instead of helping others redefine their job title, he’s set his sights on something much bigger: He’s committed to rewiring the systems of urban communities in both America and around the world. For Isaac, this redirection is not only needed, it is absolutely vital to the lifeline of every community. That lifeline? The people.
The child of Ghanaian immigrants, Isaac has had a unique American experience. Born in Greensboro, N.C., growing up in Arkansas, and moving elsewhere in America has helped shape his perspective into one that understands communities’ strengths and weaknesses. Seeing a great need for change within these communities has become Isaac’s motivating force to be what he calls a “social engineer.”
Change and impact are Isaac’s passions, and he has proven his efforts through establishing organizations that will continue to shift the norms within communities both locally and globally. Along with deep community involvement in Nashville, Isaac has co-founded The Hub for Urban Entrepreneurship, a social enterprise that supports minority business owners. He is the founder of Save the Villages, a nonprofit organization that facilitates the development of educational programs and schools within rural villages in Ghana.
Isaac is committed to strengthening communities of color across the globe. He relies on his business expertise, experience, and a yearning for change to drive his efforts. Through leveraging the collective resources of business, government agencies, as well as civic and social organizations, he is committed to developing and implementing creative solutions for the most pressing needs of underserved communities.
Isaac Addae is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN). He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Systems Engineering at TSU. Isaac is currently pursuing a Management Ph.D. in the School of Business and Management at Morgan State University.