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Festus Gontebanye Mogae

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Festus Gontebanye Mogae, international organization official, former president of Botswana.


Mogae, Festus Gontebanye was born on August 21, 1939 in Serowe, Botswana. Son of Dithabano and Dithunya Mogae.


Master of Arts, Universities Oxford and Sussex, United Kingdom. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Howard University, 2009.


Planning officer Ministry of Development Planning, Botswana, 1968-1969, Ministry of Financial and Development Planning, Botswana, 1970-1971, senior planning officer Botswana, 1971-1972, director economic affairs Botswana, 1972-1974, permanent secretary Botswana, 1975-1976. Alternate executive director International Monetary Fund, 1976-1978, executive director, 1978-1980. Governor Bank of Botswana, 1981-1982.

Permanent secretary to president Office of President Government of Botswana, 1982-1989, minister finance and development planning, 1989-1992, president, 1992—2008. Special envoy of secretary general on climate change United Nations, since 2008. Chairman SADC Council of Ministers, since 1992.

Member Global Coalition for Africa, Washington, since 1992. Member international advisory board Transparency International, Berlin, since 1993. Director ECCO Cold Stores Ltd., Allied Meat Importers Ltd., DeBeers Botswana Mining Company (Pty) Ltd., Botswana RST Ltd., Bangwato Concessions Ltd., Bachelor of Civil Law Sales Ltd., Bank of Botswana.

Leader of hours Botswana national Assembly.


Republican Commonwealth Fund for Technology Cooperation, since 1971. Board member Water Utilities, Botswana Housing Corporation, Botswana Meat Commission, Botswana Meat Commission (United Kingdom) Holdings. Married Botswana Democratic Party Central Committee, chairman finance and economic committee, member central committee responsible for Letswapo Region, 1992-1995.

Member Parliamentarians for Global Action, Global Coalition for Africa. Active Kalahari Conservation Society. President Botswana Society for Deaf, Botswana Society.

Patron Junior Achievement Botswana. Fellow Botswana Institute Bankers (honorary). Member Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, tennis, music.


Married Barbara Gemma Modise, 1968. 3 children.

Dithabano Mogae

Dithunya Mogae

Barbara Gemma Modise