Author / Speaker
Dr. Chris Apoder O’Riordan-Adjah founded Addjahlife on the premise of inspiring, motivating, encouraging and providing tools to improve one’s quality of life. Born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Ghana, Chris has lived in the United States since 1995. His diverse background and worldly perspective complete with a world of challenges and obstacles since birth, has earned him the title of “World Ambassador”. His strong faith and perseverance in overcoming obstacles allows him to share equally diverse and passionate experiences along with the quality techniques he developed for you to use in your own life.
Though Chris began his speaking career as a result of publishing “The Script-Chores”, his first speech was given to approximately 800 students, friends and family when he was selected as one of the senior speakers for his graduating class in 1999. He has taught, mentored, advised and spoken to over one thousand students and looking forward to releasing and promoting his second book "The Boost" to support his new initiative project - One Read Now.
Chris has been nominated for the Membery Hanzlik Award by the Principia College - an award presented to an international student who has made an outstanding contribution to the college community in sharing the cultural advantages of his or her native country and in the expression of universal brotherhood. Additionally, Chris has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty of the year, the Academic Advisor of the year and the Mentor of the year awards by the Black Female Development Circle, College of Engineering and Computer Science and Black Faculty & Staff Association respectively while at the University of Central Florida (UCF). With a Masters (Industrial) and Doctorate (Civil) Degrees in Engineering, Director of Engineering Programs, a professor, a professional engineer licensed in four states in the US, a diploma in writing and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black, Chris's greatest joy comes from sharing his experiences, motivating, teaching and making a difference in the lives of those in his audience - ultimately, to providing the drink of joy that quenches their thirst.
Outside the office, Chris, unable to walk without braces until the age of six, has participated in NCAA III soccer, football and baseball and still remains active by exercising and playing soccer on the weekends with his friends. He currently lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area, is married to the love of his life, Simonetta and has two children.