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Bai Akridge

Bai Akridge

Dr. P. Bai Akridge is President of WorldWise Services, Inc.  He also serves as Visiting Research Scholar in the Center for Transcultural Education in the College of Education at the University of Maryland College Park (UMD), and Director of the Prince George’s County International Ambassador Study Abroad Scholarship Program (PGCIA) at UMD.  During the past 30 years his careers have included government relations and philanthropy in international business; university teaching and research in the areas of global learning and business and public policy; and entrepreneur as founder and CEO of an international consultancy. In 2001, after a 17-year career in international business with IBM, Bai founded WorldWise Services, Inc., a Maryland-based, minority-owned/MBE Certified consultancy providing international education and workforce development services. WorldWise assists governments, industry, K-U education institutions, and non-governmental organizations in developing, implementing and promoting international learning and workforce development programs. Clients include the School District of Philadelphia, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Negro College Fund Special Program’s International Institute for Public Policy (IIPP), Brethren Colleges Abroad, University of Maryland-College Park, Inter-American Development Bank, and the U.S. Department of State. Bai has earned several advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Political Science and an Public Policy Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a Certificate of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors from DePauw University in Indiana and spent a year studying abroad at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, East Africa. Bai has lived abroad for over four years in Asia and Africa, and has traveled throughout Europe, North and South America and the Caribbean.  His foreign language study includes Spanish, KiSwahili, and Japanese. Bai has been married to his best friend, Carrie Johnson-Akridge, for over 33 years.  They have a daughter, Anike, who lives and works in international public health in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and a son, Akili, currently completing training in the Baltimore Police Academy.

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