Mr Philemon Themba Ramatsui has many years of experience working within different levels of the education field. He has served as a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, responsible for Ministry Management, Vocational Education and Training, Student Placement and Welfare, Curriculum Development and Evaluation and other departments within the Ministry. Between 2004 and 2009, he held the position of Director of Quality Assurance and Regulation, a directorate within the Tertiary Education Council. He has lent his expertise in the education field as a consultant in various consultancy projects, including a survey on “The Status of Quality Assurance Processes in Higher Education Institutions in Lesotho.” Ramatsui is a member of the Botswana Educational Research Association (BERA) and the Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES). He holds an MEd (Educational Evaluation) from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and a BSc(Physics and Chemistry) from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.
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 Srinath Doss received his B.Tech. degree from the University of Madras in 2004, the M.E. degree from Anna University in 2006, the PhD degree from St. Peter’s University in 2014 and the PGDHE from Botho University in 2017. Currently, he is working as Professor and Dean, Faculty of Computing, Botho University, Botswana. Previously, he was with various colleges in India, and with Garyounis University, Libya. He is an author of two books, more than 50 papers in international journals, and a good number of prestigious conferences. His research interests include MANET, Information security, Network security and cryptography, Cloud computing, wireless and sensor networks, and mobile computing. He serves as the editorial member and reviewer for reputed international journals and advisory member for various prestigious conferences. He has been the session chair and an advisory member for various international conferences. Dr Srinath is a member of IAENG, an Associate Member in UACEE and CSI.
Mrs Marang Mutuna, Dean of the Office of External Relation joined Botho University in August of 2013. She has more than 30 years of experience in the education sector, initially as a teacher of languages and went up the ranks to Principal Education Officer in the Ministry of Education before joining Botho University. Currently, she oversees both Admissions and Marketing and Communications Department at Botho University.
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 Resego Kirk Kwelagobe is the current Botho University Branch Trainers and Allied Workers Union TAWU Chairperson. Resego has been part of the Botho University family since 2007 as a student. He is the co-founder of the Botho University Student Representative Council – SRC and the first University SRC president then known as the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT). Currently, Mr Kwelagobe works as a Team Leader in the Office of Academic Services – Assessments, overseeing the University and its Partners Online Examinations. Mr Resego Kwelagobe holds an MSc In Advanced Networking (The Open University – UK), an additional master qualification, MSc In Computer Systems Management (Botho University – Botswana), and a BSc (Honors) In Computing And Its Practice (The Open University – UK). Resego has served as a council member of the Botswana Information Technology Society (BITS) and represented Botho University as a committee member of the WTISD Organizing Committee. Over and above his passion for ICT, Resego is a selfless individual who will go out of his way to assist others and says his passion is in helping his neighbour.
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.
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.