Yaw AduKuffour affectionately called Bro. Yaw at home, and popularly known among his peers as Papoli was born on November 24, 1966 to Samuel Kojo Adu of blessed memory and Madam Rosina Aryee.
He was the first born of his parents and the only son of his mother.
He had his primary education at St Johns Primary School, Achimota(1973-1978) and Eto Primary School, Dansoman (1978-1979). He then proceeded to Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon for his secondary education from 1979 to 1986.
He gained admission to the University of Ghana in 1987 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1990. After graduating from the University of Ghana he continued his education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 1992 to 1994 where he successfully pursued a Master’s in Business Administration, majoring in Finance.
On his return to Ghana in 1994, he started work at the Trust Bank Ltd and moved on to Ashanti Goldfields after a year. He remained at Ashanti after the merger with Anglogold till 2005.
Over this period, he held positions in corporate finance and management in their branches in Accra, London and Johannesburg. In 2005, he took up the role of Senior Financial Analyst with the Financial Technical Division of the African Development Bank in Tunis.
By dint of hard work he rose through the ranks and in 2012, became the Division Manager – Trade Finance. Under his leadership, his division was voted the best Development Bank in Trade Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 and 2018 by Global Trade Review and Trade Finance Global International respectively.
He remained with the African Development Bank through their move from Tunis back to Abidjan till his untimely demise on 14th April 2020.