President Mokgweetsi Masisi has, acting in accordance with Section 7 of the University of Botswana Act of 2008, appointed Linah Mohohlo as the Chancellor of the University of Botswana for a period of 5 years effective the 19th of July 2018 to 18 June 2023.
Linah Mohohlo was the Governor of the Bank of Botswana and ex-officio non-executive Director of the International Monetary fund (IMF) for Botswana, for a period of 17 years to 2016, following a 23-year career with the Bank, during which she served in a number of operational and policy areas. She has been a member of the International Monetary and Financial committee (200-02), representing the IMF Africa Group 1 constituency comprising 23 anglophone African countries. She has also worked for the IMF, UNDER THE Special Appointee programme, in the African Department and the Monetary and Exchange Affairs Department.
In addition to having been the Deputy Chairman of the inaugural Botswana Economic Advisory Council, Mohohlo has served on boards of major corporations in Botswana and abroad, among which are Diamond Trading Company of Botswana and Debswana Mining Company. In this respect, she was a part of the Minerals Policy Committee which negotiated the extension of the Diamond Sales Agreement, which culminated in the relocation of the sales and marketing functions of De Beers from London to Gaborone. It also led to the establishment of the Okavango Diamond Company which is mandated to market and sell Botswana diamonds.
Her international engagements include being appointed Eminent Person in 2002 by the then Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Kofi Annan, charged with the responsibility of overseeing the evaluation of the UN New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s. She also served as a member of the Commission for Africa which was chaired by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, with the objective of addressing Africa’s plight and ensuring continued support for the G8 Action Plan for Africa. This was followed by her membership of the Africa progress panel, to advance the course, under the chairmanship of the former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan.
She is currently Deputy Chairperson of the University of Botswana foundation Board of Trustees, Central banking Publications Advisory Board, Bretton Woods Committee, Investment Committee of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, and Rhino Century Botswana. Her active participation in the affairs of the world Economic forum over many years culminated in her co-chairing the World Economic Forum for Africa 2011.
Mohohlo works for the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry as Coordinator of the Selebi-Phikwe Economic Revitalisation programme, the position which came into being at the end of 2016, to coordinate efforts of attracting investment to the SPEDU region, for the purpose of generating employment opportunities to replace the jobs lost when the BCL and Tati Nickel Mines closed.
She is the recipient of a number of national and international awards, among which are several Central Bank Governor of the year for Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum and Botswana’s highest public service award for efficient and devoted service (The Presidential Order of Honour). Forbes Africa has ranked her one of Africa’s Ten Most Influential Women.
Mohohlo read accounting and business, economics, finance and investments at the University of Botswana, The George Washington University and the University of Exeter, respectively; and received executive management training from Yale University.