Dr. Paa Kwasi Nduom was born in Elmina on Sunday, February 15, 1953. He was given the name Papa Kwesi Nduom by his parents, Mr. Joseph Hubster Yorke and Mrs Monica Yorke. Dr. Nduom was also named Joseph Hubster Yorke Jr. by his parents.
Papa Nduom is a well-known name in the Yorke family. The Yorke family can be found in many towns and villages in Ghana particularly in Elmina, Tarkwa and Gomoa Dago.
Mr. Samuel Yorke the grandfather of Dr. Nduom was instrumental in laying the foundation for what has become St. Augustine’s College at Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana.
Dr. Nduom’s mother is one of the Mensah-Brown brothers and sisters from Elmina.
Dr. Nduom’s grandfather’s annual family gatherings that took place in Tarkwa when he was alive, was instrumental in building a foundation for the extended family interaction, community spirit and caring that he exhibits currently
Dr. Nduom attended the St. Joseph’s Catholic Boys School in Elmina and the St. Augustine’s Practice School in Cape Coast. In 1966, he entered St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast.
In 1970, he won an American Field Service scholarship and spent one year with an American family in Cokato, Minnesota.
He obtained a high school diploma from Cokato High School. While in Cokato, he participated in debate, American football, athletics and soccer. He credits the year he spent in Cokato with teaching him the necessity of strong family values.
He returned to St. Augustine’s to complete Sixth Form education from 1971 to 1973. In Sixth Form, he won the prize as the best – student. st Augustereo Economics and motivated his interest in economics, business and professionalism.
It is during the Sixth Form period that his interest in democracy was awakened by a new arrangement for students to vote for their prefects. Dr. Nduom campaigned hard and was elected the School’s Protocol Prefect for the 1972-73 academic year.
Dr. Nduom returned to the USA in August, 1973. He worked his way through the Milwaukee Area Technical College, Marquette University and ended up at the University of Wisconsin where he obtained a BA degree in Economics in December, 1975.
He obtained an MS in Management from the School of Business and a Ph.D. in Service Delivery Systems (USI Program) all from the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Nduom’s university education was self-funded through jobs in a meat factory, a parking lot, a cannery and an internship with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, all in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.