2017 Plenary Speakers

Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba

Celebrating people development in Botswana

About Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba:

Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba is the Former Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, where she spent her two terms from 2008 to 2014 overseeing human rights, political, legal and constitutional, and youth affairs of the Commonwealth. Amongst other things, she was responsible for restructuring the Youth division and integrating youth in political, development and entrepreneurial processes, as well as providing support for youth-led and other initiatives to those ends.

Mmasekgoa obtained her BSc degree in Electronics and Physics from the University of London in 1983. She subsequently acquired an MBA at the University of Pittsburg in 1990, and completed her LLB at the University of South Africa in 2011. She recently completed an Advanced Management Course through the IESE in Spain in 2013.

As an engineer, Mmasekgoa gained extensive experience in the Telecommunications industry both in Botswana and the Commonwealth from 1986 to 2002. Prior to her involvement in the Commonwealth, she was CEO of Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority, where she advocated, co-ordinated and promoted foreign Direct Investment Promotion, a holistic approach that included facilitation and proactive relationship management at national business and Government levels. Mmasekgoa developed a strategic partnership between the private sector and Government through extensive collaboration and coordination. She also promoted investment across various sectors in Botswana’s economy through road-shows, research and inward missions. She opened two regional offices in South Africa and the United Kingdom. She also established and coordinated the national branding initiative for Botswana and established Botswana’s flagship exhibition: the annual Global Expo Botswana.

Mmasekgoa has received endorsements from both the SADC and the African Union for her work and was awarded the title International Distinguished Alumna by Katz Business School. She was awarded Honorary Bencher status for the Honourable Society of Middle Temple Inn in 2009. She also served as the President for Botswana Women in Business before taking up her position in the Commonwealth.