A proud son of a peasant farmer and charcoal seller, Shadrack was born on a farm and grew up without running water and electricity in rural Ghana. Shadrack secured a full scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a University Scholar. He was one of five students in his graduating class to be awarded the $150,000 President’s Prize, University of Pennsylvania’s highest honor.
With the President’s Prize as seed funding, Shadrack founded Cocoa360, and pioneered the "sweat-for-impact” health equity model, building a tuition-free girls' school and hospital sustained by proceeds from a cocoa plantation. Shadrack is a recipient of many awards including the prestigious Samuel Huntington Public Service award, the Future of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30, and the Cordes fellowship.
In 2017, he was awarded the Ghana Legacy honors, becoming the youngest recipient of one of Ghana’s highest honors. In September 2017, President Bill Clinton named him to CGIU’s Honor Roll. Then in June 2018, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, awarded him the Queen’s Young Leader award.