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Thembo Lebang

(Advisory Council)

Thembo Lebang is the Chairman of the Botho University Advisory Council. He has wide experience in labour relations with special emphasis on resolution of trade disputes (mediation/arbitration) and labour law and possesses

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Thembo Lebang
(Advisory Council)

Thembo Lebang is the Chairman of the Botho University Advisory Council. He has wide experience in labour relations with special emphasis on resolution of trade disputes (mediation/arbitration) and labour law and possesses vast knowledge in International Labour Organisation (ILO) matters.

He has served at various levels as a labour practitioner including as the Commissioner of Labour and Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, during which he played a key role in the development of labour relations in Botswana and served in various tripartite Task Teams such as the revision of labour legislation team. He led the National Tripartite Task Team in the establishment of the Industrial Court in Botswana and resolved many national trade disputes both as a labour officer and recently as a part-time mediator and arbitrator (more than 100 disputes).

Until recently Mr. Lebang was the Executive Director (CEO) of the Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC) for twelve years. He led a team of consultants from the Centre to introduce strategic planning and performance management in the public service, private and parastatal sectors. He has served as the Chairperson or as a Member of various national organisations.

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Sheela Raja Ram

(Vice-Chancellor and Managing Director)

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.

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Sheela Raja Ram
(Vice-Chancellor and Managing Director)

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 a Master's in Physics from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies from the University of Liverpool, UK.

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Derek Keith Swemmer

(Advisory Council)

Derek Keith Swemmer is a member of the Botho University Advisory Council. Since 1 April 2015 he has been the major-time CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) Institute of

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Derek Keith Swemmer
(Advisory Council)

Derek Keith Swemmer is a member of the Botho University Advisory Council. Since 1 April 2015 he has been the major-time CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) Institute of Advanced School Governance.

Swemmer worked in the administration of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) for 15 years before retiring as the Registrar and executive team member, going on to serve as the Registrar in the executive team of the University of the Free State (UFS) for 4 years.

During a decade of experience as a higher education executive consultant, he has assisted with the training of Council members of many public universities of South Africa. This work includes facilitating strategic planning for higher education institutions and entities within them, as well as private companies and universities (including Botho University), NGOs and NPOs.

He holds an MA from the University of Pretoria, a Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (D Litt Et Phil) from the University of South Africa (Unisa), and a Teaching Diploma (TTHD) from the Johannesburg College of Education.

He has served on the USA Atlanta-based Board of Directors of the Golden Key International Honour Society (GK) since 2006. He is currently the GK Board Vice-Chairperson and the Chairperson of the GK Foundation. In 2009, he was awarded the International Leadership Council President's Award which recognises one individual's contribution to GK world-wide.

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Priya Iyer

(Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Employability and Development)

Priya Iyer is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Employability and Development for Botho University. Her responsibilities include driving the employability agenda of the graduates through the Project Offices and the internships through

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Priya Iyer
(Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Employability and Development)

Priya Iyer is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Employability and Development for Botho University. Her responsibilities include driving the employability agenda of the graduates through the Project Offices and the internships through the Careers and Placement Office. She is also in charge of all new programmes which includes putting in place structures for the implementation of the programmes. Additionally she is an advisor to the Faculty of Accounting and Finance.

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 won the most votes ever polled by a Council member when she was elected and in her position as BICA President she established good networks with other professional institutions around the world such as the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the World Bank. She has a Bachelor's in Commerce from the University of Calicut, Kerala India and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in higher education with an interest in the research areas of graduate employability and leadership.

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Kay Raseroka

(Advisory Council)

Helen Thandiwe Kay Raseroka is a member of the Botho University Advisory Council who served as the Director of Library Services at the University of Botswana for nearly 30 years before she retired in 2010.

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Kay Raseroka
(Advisory Council)

Helen Thandiwe Kay Raseroka is a member of the Botho University Advisory Council who served as the Director of Library Services at the University of Botswana for nearly 30 years before she retired in 2010.

In this role she provided visionary, strategic and professional leadership to the University of Botswana on all information knowledge management projects in partnership with the academic community in curricula development for teaching, learning and research services. She also directed the management of human and physical resources and held fiduciary accountability for the annual budgets of the University Library.

Raseroka holds a Bachelor of Science and a Higher Diploma in Library Science, both obtained from South Africa;a Master of Arts from London;and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Canada.

Prof. Rungano Zvobgo

(Advisory Council)

Rungano Zvobgo is a member of the Botho University Advisory Council. He is a Professor of Curriculum. He is a Professor of Curriculum and Policy Studies in Education with ...

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Prof. Rungano Zvobgo
(Advisory Council)

Rungano Zvobgo is a member of the Botho University Advisory Council. He is a Professor of Curriculum and Policy Studies in Education with over 30 years of experience in higher education. He is currently serving as the Vice Chancellor of Great Zimbabwe University and prior to this he spent 13 years as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the Midlands State University, also in Zimbabwe.

Upon his appointment as the Vice Chancellor of Great Zimbabwe University on October 1st 2012, the University did not have a single building of its own and risked closure and de-accreditation by the Government watchdog on Quality Assurance – the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE). He, along with his administration and the guidance of Council, converted the institution into a multi-campus University worthy of its name in a short space of time. As a result, the University's enrolment grew from 4200 to 6800 within two semesters.

Zvobgo holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts, both in English and both from the University of Delhi, India. He also holds an M. Phil in Education from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and a PhD in Education from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Moggie Mbaakanyi

(Advisory Council)

Moggie Mbaakanyi is a member of the Botho University Advisory Council. A proven businesswoman, since 2009 Mbaakanyi has served as the General Manager of Target Meat Industries

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Moggie Mbaakanyi
(Advisory Council)

Moggie Mbaakanyi is a member of the Botho University Advisory Council. A proven businesswoman, since 2009 Mbaakanyi has served as the General Manager of Target Meat Industries, a Lobatse-based meat processing, production and distribution plant. This comes after previously serving as the company's founding Managing Director during its first decade of existence. For more than two decades she has also been the Managing Director of a 35-hectare successful Agro farm Project.

A staunch advocate for women's participation in politics, Mbaakanyi is the President of the Botswana Caucus for Women in Politics, a position she took up in 2010 after serving for more than a decade as the Secretary General of the same organisation. The Caucus is an interparty organisation supporting women's political participation in Botswana.

In these roles she has mobilised politicians from various political parties through regional workshops to stand for elections as either Councillors or Members of Parliament since 1996 and conducted workshops for women in villages and towns. Impressively, Mbaakanyi has led by example in this regard, having served for five years as a Member of Parliament herself, four of which were at the level of Assistant Minister of Education.

She holds a Master of Arts in Education and a Post-graduate Diploma in the Assessment of Educational Performance, both from the University of Leeds, UK, along with a Bachelor of Arts & Concurrent Certificate in Education from what was then known as the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

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Kate Senye

(Non-Executive member)

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.

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Kate Senye
(Non-Executive member)

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.

She is currently the Managing Director of Colorado Housing, a company involved in developing housing and other properties using non-conventional technologies.

Philemon Ramatsui

(Advisory Council)

Philemon Themba Ramatsui is a member of the Botho University Advisory council with a wealth of experience in the education sector gained from a career spanning nearly 40 years.

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Philemon Ramatsui
(Advisory Council)

Philemon Themba Ramatsui is a member of the Botho University Advisory council with a wealth of experience in the education sector gained from a career spanning nearly 40 years.

His experience in the sector includes seven years as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development and five years as the Director of an office within the Tertiary Education Council (TEC) called Quality Assurance and Regulation. This directorate is responsible for assuring the quality of all tertiary institutions through institutional registration and audits, quality promotion and programme accreditation as well as capacity development. Since his retirement he has remained actively involved in the education sector as a consultant for the TEC conducting projects on quality assurance processes, curriculum design and capacity development.

Ramatsui holds a BSc. in Physics and Chemistry with a Concurrent Certificate in Education from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland; and an M.Ed. in Educational Evaluation from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

  • Mrs Ivy Anish (Botho University Dean - Faculty of Education and Distance Learning)
  • Mr Golekanye Setume (Botho University Dean - Office of External Relations)
  • Mr Eric Isaacs (SRC President-Maun)