A Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife, Naomi Mmapelo Seboni (PhD) is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the WHO Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Sub Saharan Africa at the University of Botswana’s School of Nursing. She started her career at the UB in 1981 as a Staff Development Fellow in the then Department of Nursing Education and rose through the ranks over the years, including stints as Senior Lecturer and as Head of the School of Nursing. Over the years, she has published various articles, on the development and training of nurses and midwives, in reputable journals. In 2014, she received an award from the Nurses Association of Botswana for her contribution to nursing and midwifery in Botswana, and in 2006, the University of California-San Francisco selected her among faculty and former students to be on their 100 years of School of Nursing Existence Wall of Fame.
Mrs Priya Iyer is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Finance and Employability, for Botho University. Her responsibilities include driving the employability and entrepreneurship agenda of the graduates of the University through various initiatives coordinated through the Student and Alumni Affairs Department.
Graduate placements, student internships, Entrepreneurship Lab and engagement with industry through the Industry Reference Forums are part of her portfolio. She also oversees the Finance, Human Resources and Technology departments. Iyer is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was the first woman to be elected as the President of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA).
She has been engaged by the World Bank as a short-term consultant to help draft the rules and regulations for BICA. Additionally, she was a member of the Professional Accounting Organisation Development Advisory group for 6 years and served as the Deputy Chair for the last two years.
She has a Bachelor’s in Commerce from the University of Calicut, Kerala India and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in higher education, the research area being graduate employability.
Dr Oliver Chikuta is a Professor of Tourism Management and current Dean of the Faculty of Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism at Botho University, Gaborone, Botswana. Before joining Botho University, he was the Executive Dean of the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe and also former Chairperson of the Tourism and Hospitality Management department at the Midlands State University. Dr Chikuta is the Founding President of the Tourism Educators and Researchers Association of Zimbabwe (TERAZ) and holds a PhD in Tourism Management from the North-West University (Potchefstroom, South Africa). In June 2014 His PhD thesis titled; The development of a Universal Accessibility Framework for South Africa and Zimbabwe won the Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award at the 7th World Conference on Graduate Research in Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure in Istanbul, Turkey. The focus of his study was to ensure that tourism is accessible and inclusive to all, including people living with disabilities.
Dr Chikuta also holds a Master of Commerce degree in Marketing Strategy and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management (MSU). He also has certificates in Tour Guiding Services, Elementary Fares and Ticketing, E-Commerce, Food Safety Management and
Introduction to Accessibility and Inclusive Design. Dr. Chikuta is also a Hospitality Customer Service Excellence Coach. His research interests are in Universal Accessibility in Tourism, Nature-Based Tourism, Sustainable and Heritage Tourism, Customer Service Excellence, Tourism Marketing. He has published extensively in the above areas and presented at regional and international conferences. Dr Chikuta has also carried some consultancy work in the tourism industry. He is currently the Lead Consultant for a project of Skills Development in the Tourism Industry in Botswana. He is also coordinating a 130000 Euro project on the Development of a Technologically Integrated Sustainable Tourism Education Module together with a German partner at DHBW University.
Viswanathan Sankaranarayanan has over 14 years of vast experience gained in 14 years of academic experience in the Higher Education field as an Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, and Assessment Manager in India and Botswana, blended with experience in the software industry as a Software Developer. He has strong interpersonal and communication skills, a very accessible and warm person which adds to his ability to efficiently lead diverse teams.
· Undergoing (PhD), in the area of Educational Data Mining, Bharathiar University, India 2018- Present
· M.Phil in Computer Science from Periyar University, India, 2010-2011.
· Master of Computer Application from Indira Gandhi National University, India, 2000-2003.
· Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Annamalai University, Chidambaram, (1994-1999).
Dr. Sheela Raja Ram is the Vice-Chancellor and Managing Director of Botho University. Under her visionary leadership, the institution grew from a training institution to a full-fledged university in a short span of 16 years. She has been responsible for the development and implementation of two key strategic plans that have given Botho University an impeccable reputation in Botswana for quality education delivery. As the Vice-Chancellor, she is highly focused on quality student experiences through continual improvement in academic delivery. She is also highly keen on providing other supporting activities at Botho University aimed at producing an employable graduate. Sheela has been instrumental in the growth and development of the two large consulting organisations in Botswana, namely Acumen Enterprises (now officially a part of the Big 5 Consulting firm, Grant Thornton) and RPC Data. She has also provided business and IT consulting services to a large number of corporate clients, including the Government of Botswana. Sheela holds an MSc in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and a Doctor of Education (Higher Education), EdD, from the University of Liverpool, UK.
Kate Senye is a Non-Executive Member of the Botho University Board of Directors with more than 18 years post qualification experience working as a development economist and investment analyst. As the CEO of Southern Africa Media Development Fund (Samdef), a venture capital fund that focuses on financing and developing media projects in Southern and East Africa, Kate was exposed to working closely with regional and international development agencies at strategic and operational levels. One of her major roles had been the negotiation of further funding of the Samdef by development finance institutions as well as developing a sustainable model for the institution that would allow little or no reliance on governments and donor funding. As an economist working for the Botswana Government she was actively involved in managing development and consultancy projects, mostly for international organizations such as the World Bank, USAID, WHO, SIDA, GTZ, UNICEF and UNDP. Seconded to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Affairs, she was actively involved in managing several key development projects.
In April 2012 she moved on to pursue her own business interests. She is currently the Managing Director of The Workforce Group Botswana (TWG). TWG Botswana, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of staff outsourcing, recruitment and specialist staffing, training and consulting, financial services and employee health management, among others. TWG Botswana was set up in March 2018. Her main role is to roll out all the Workforce Holdings clusters in the Botswana market. As the managing director and reporting to the board of directors, she provides market insights and strategic advice, developing and implementing business plans to improve cost efficiency, maintaining positive and trust-based relations with business partners, shareholders and authorities as well as overseeing the company’s business operations and financial performance.
Mr Leo Hailey has a BSc (Hons) in Computing from Teesside University and is presently doing MBA at Botho University. Leo was the first recipient of Botho University’s most prestigious honour, the Spirit of Botho Award and is a Lead Auditor (ISO 9001:2015) at the Gaborone Campus. His expertise includes Quality Management, International Business Development, and Accreditation in Higher Education. He was a board member at “Now for Them Trust”, and helped acquire US government funding to educate young aspiring leaders, particularly women and girls, in rural Botswana.
Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa has served as a Cabinet Minister across various ministries within the government of Lesotho, including Finance, Education, and Foreign Affairs, the latter his last cabinet position, in which he served from 2007-2015. He has also held diplomatic positions, such as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to Ireland, Spain and Portugal. Early in his public service career, Tsekoa served in various capacities within the Ministry of Education, including positions of Principal Secretary and Deputy Principal Secretary within the Ministry.
Mrs. Orefitlhetse ‘Ore’ Catherine Masire holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management (University of Derby) and a BSc. in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Auburn University, USA. Her professional career can be characterised as one of service to the small and medium-sized business sector of Botswana. While she was at the Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry, and Manpower (BOCCIM), she pioneered national training programmes for the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) community, managed the BOCCIM – United States Agency for International Development (USAID) relationship and spearheaded the delivery of the USAID enabled Botswana Workforce and Skills Training programme and Private Enterprise Development Project. In 2001, Ore founded The Office Manager, a nationally distributed publication for which she served as Executive Editor. She is currently Founding Director of Career Diversity, offering human resource consulting services at a national level, and a Shareholder / Director at Laurelton Diamonds Botswana, a DeBeers Sightholder. She holds other Executive roles of various entities like Women In Business Association, Labor and Immigrants Selection Board, BOTA Quality Assurance Board, University Of Botswana Foundation Dinner Committee(till 2010), Botswana Defense Force Women’s Club President(till July 2012), Catholic Women’s League and Botho University Advisory Council member, Stanbic Bank Board member.
As an Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior, Paul Evans also holds The Shell Chair of Human Resources and Organizational Development, Emeritus. Paul Evans has a PhD in Management and Organizational Psychology from MIT, an MBA from INSEAD, and he is a graduate in law from Cambridge University. He is an Academic Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, in partnership with HCLI Singapore and Adecco. For many years, he built up and directed INSEAD’s Executive Education seminars on Management of People and Human Resource Management in Asia, as well as Managerial Skills for International Business. For many years, he led INSEAD’s activities in the field of international human resource management, and he has been a Chair of the Organizational Behavior faculty area for successive periods. British by nationality, raised in Africa, and international by orientation, he has taught courses at Boston University, MIT, l’Université de Montréal, Stockholm School of Economics, the University of Zurich, and Cornell University, as well as spent a year as a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California and as a Visiting Professor at London Business School