Prof. Kwaku Danso-Boafo was born at Abomosu in the Atiwa District, Akyem Abuakwa, Eastern Region of Ghana on November 23, 1949. He had his early elementary school education at Presbyterian schools at Abomosu and Kyebi where he grew up. He pursued secondary school education on a Ghana Government Scholarship at the Ofori Panin Secondary School, New Tafo and later the Winneba College of Education.
Prof. Danso-Boafo received the Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) degree from Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1976, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with honours from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, in l977, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Howard University, Washington, D.C. in 1981. In recognition of his contribution to public service and academia, Richmond University, The American International University in London awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree in May 16th 2013.
He began his academic teaching career at the Department of Political Science and later, the School of Administration, (now University of Ghana Business School), University of Ghana, Legon, in 1982. Between that time and 1985, he served as a Fellow of Akuafo Hall, General Secretary of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Legon, and as a member of the UTAG national executive, and a member of the University Admissions Committee. He also took on additional assignments as a Visiting Lecturer at the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College at Teshie and the Rural Development College at Madina.
He then went to teach at Atlanta University, later Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, from 1986 to 1997 and from 2001 to 2005. At Clark Atlanta University, he served as the Head of the Department of Public Administration (1989-1990) and later Head of the Post-Graduate Program in International Affairs and Development (1991-1997 and 2002-2005). He attained the rank of Associate Professor in 1994. Between 1992 and 1994, Prof. Danso-Boafo was the president of the Association of Ghanaians in Atlanta.
In 1997, Prof. Danso-Boafo took leave from his academic duties to serve as Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to Cuba with concurrent accreditation to Jamaica, Trinidad and, Nicaragua and Panama.
In 2000, he was appointed Minister of Health of Ghana. In the same year, he was appointed to the National Democratic Congress Constitutional and Manifesto Drafting Committee. As the Minister for Health, he participated in several international fora and summits on health, including the 2000 World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was chosen to preside over the WHO discussion on Health Systems; the Roll Back Malaria Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, in April 2000, the Global Symposium on Health and Welfare Systems Development in the 21st Century in Kobe, Japan, in November 2000, where he presented a paper on "A case study of Health and Welfare Reform in Ghana" the international summit on HIV/AIDS in Abuja, Nigeria, in April 2001, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Summit on Least Developed Countries in Brussels, Belgium, in May 2001.
After the defeat of the National Democratic Congress in the 2000 general elections, Prof. Danso-Boafo was appointed Special Advisor to former United Nations Eminent Person and former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings and undertook several international assignments with him.
Prof. Danso-Boafo, the author of The Political Biography of Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia (Ghana Universities Press, 1996), and also J.J. Rawlings and Democratic Transition in Ghana, (forthcoming, Ghana Universities Press) has extensive scholarly publications on African Development issues, African Political Leadership, International Affairs, International Political Economy, the Debt Crisis, Decentralisation, HIV/AIDS, Health Sector Reforms, etc. to his credit. He holds professional memberships in the American Public Health Association, the American Society for Public Administration, Association of Third World Studies, The Academy of Political Science, Association for International Development, and the African Studies Association. He has also presented numerous scholarly papers at local and international academic/professional conferences. He was listed among WHO IS WHO IN AMERICA in the year 2000.
Between July 2010 and July 2012, he served as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Interim Management Committee of the Commonwealth Foundation. He previously served as Country Advisor and also a member of the International Advisory Board of the National Medical Fellowships/GE Medical Scholars Programme in Ghana. He was a Seminar Leader for the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad in Ghana in 2004 and 2008. In January 2009, Prof. Danso-Boafo was appointed a member of President Prof. John Evans Atta Mills' Transition Team Sub-Committee on International Relations. He was until his appointment, a political analyst for several radio stations in Atlanta, Jamaica, and Cuba.
Until his appointment as High Commissioner, Prof. Danso-Boafo was an Associate Professor, Deputy Director, and Coordinator of the International Health Track in the Master of Public Health Program, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. He is married to the former Dorothy Owusu-Ankomah and has four children.