Abraham Iyambo

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The Honourable
Abraham Iyambo
Minister of Education
In office
21 March 2010–2 February 2013
President Hifikepunye Pohamba
Preceded by Nangolo Mbumba
Minister of the Fisheries and Marine Resources
In office
1997–21 March 2010
President Sam Nujoma,
Hifikepunye Pohamba
Succeeded by Bernard Esau
Deputy Minister of the Fisheries and Marine Resources
In office
President Sam Nujoma
Personal details
Born (1961-02-02)2 February 1961
South West Africa
Died 2 February 2013(2013-02-02)
Nationality Namibian
Political party Flag of South-West Africa People's Organisation.svg SWAPO
Children 2
Residence Windhoek
Alma mater University of Surrey, (UK)
Occupation Politician
Profession Food scientist

Abraham Iyambo (2 February 1961 – 2 February 2013) was a Namibian politician. Iyambo was a member of the National Assembly of Namibia since 1995,[1] serving as Minister of Fisheries from 1997 to 2010 and as Minister of Education from 2010 to 2013.[2] Iyambo was a member of both the Central Committee and Political Bureau of the SWAPO Party and the Chairperson of its Think Tank.[3]


Iyambo was born at Onimwandi, Oshana Region, Namibia. Iyambo studied Food Chemistry for four years (1982–1985) in Havana, Cuba. In 1985, he left for the United Kingdom, where he took an access course in food studies at South London College. Upon completion of the access course, he began studying towards his BSc in Food Science from University of Surrey, from where he graduated from in 1990. From 1991–1994 he continued at Surrey, studying towards a Ph.D., which he received in 1994.[1]


In 1994 Iyambo worked as a consultant for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the work of the Ministry of Agriculture. He also worked as GTZ consultant for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and for the Ministry of Education. In 1995 he became a Member of Parliament and was appointed as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources for a period of 2 years. In 1997 he was appointed the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources by President Sam Nujoma,[1] a position he held for 12 years until March 2010. In March 2010 he was appointed the Minister of Education by President Hifikepunye Pohamba.[2]

Iyambo was Namibia's Commissioner General for Expo 1998 held in Lisbon, Portugal. He was the Chairman of SADC Ministers responsible for Fisheries from 1997–1999. Iyambo was a member of the International Task Force responsible for the fight of global Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). In 2001, he was Co-Chairperson for the Reykjavik Declaration of the Ecosystem Fisheries Management.[4]


Iyambo had health problems related to high blood pressure for a number of years. He died from a stroke on his 52nd birthday while on business travel in London, United Kingdom, on February 2, 2013.[5][6]



  1. ^ a b c Abraham Iyambo at Namibia's Institute for Democracy
  2. ^ a b Inambao, Chrispin (23 March 2010). "Few changes as ministers appointed". New Era. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b DR. Abraham Iyambo Profile Accessed 02/03/2013
  5. ^ Immanuel, Shinovene (4 February 2013). "Minister Iyambo dies abroad". The Namibian. 
  6. ^ Haufiku, Mathias (2013-03-05). "R.I.P.… Kavango governor passes on". New Era (Namibia). Retrieved 2013-03-25.