Patrick was born and raised in Ghana. After completing secondary school in Ghana, he traveled to the former Soviet Union, where he learned Russian from scratch before going on to study electrical engineering at Donetsk National Technical University in Ukraine. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and also completed a certification program to become a Russian language teacher.
Patrick lived in the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, during the historic perestroika era, when President Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the reforms that ultimately led to the breakup of the Soviet Union. Patrick traveled extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe, and was one of the relatively few people with firsthand knowledge of life as it really was on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
After graduating from Donetsk, Patrick immigrated to America, where he initially taught Russian and math in the Buffalo, New York public school district. He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1994, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2003. Patrick lives with his family in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. He is a principal at UGI Energy Services, a diversified energy services firm based in Wyomissing. He previously worked as a senior electrical engineer at Caterpillar, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana. Patrick is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), an Accra-based think thank.
Patrick has written extensively on social, political, and energy policy topics. Some of Patrick’s articles have been widely read and commented on by readers around the world.