Bogolo Kenewendo

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Bogolo Kenewendo
Born1987 (age 31–32)
ResidenceGaborone, Botswana
EducationUniversity of Botswana
(Bachelor of Arts in Economics)
University of Sussex
(Master of Science in International Economics)
OccupationEconomist and politician
Years active2003 — present
TitleBotswana Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo (born c. 1987) is an economist and politician, who serves as the Cabinet Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, in the Cabinet of Botswana, effective 4 April 2018.[1][2]

Background and education[edit]

Kenewendo was born in Motopi Village in the Boteti Area, in Botswana circa 1987. After attending primary school, she enrolled in Pitzer College. She was then admitted to the University of Botswana, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.[3] Later, she obtained a Master of Science in International Economics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. She is also a Certified Project Manager.[4]

Career before politics[edit]

Bogolo Kenewendo's areas of specialization include (a) financial sector development (b) poverty alleviation (c) industrial development policy (d) trade related issues (e) trade and investment policy (f) trade and investment regulatory frameworks (g) macroeconomic policy (h) public debt management (i) export development and (j) trade policy, among others.[4]

For a period of time after her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom, Kenewendo worked as a trade economist in the Ghanaian Ministry of Trade and Industry. She also served as an economic consultant at Econsult Botswana, a Gaborone-based think tank.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 2016, the then president of Botswana, Ian Khama, nominated Kenewendo to the Parliament of Botswana, where she was elected as a presidential nominee to parliament. On 4 April 2018, the new incoming president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, appointed Kenewendo as the new Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry. She was sworn-in the same day.[5]

In her capacity as minister, Kenewendo was appointed by United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in 2018 to the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In her spare time, Kenewendo meditates, travels and reads.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Botswana Daily News (5 April 2018). "Botswana: New Botwana Cabinet Appointments". Botswana Daily News via Gaborone. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. ^ Daniel Mumbere (5 April 2018). "Botswana's 30 year old minister becomes internet sensation across Africa". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ Bloomberg L.P. (5 April 2018). "Executive Profile: Bogolo Kenewendo". Bloomberg Research. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Celeb News (6 April 2018). "WCW: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Bogolo Kenewendo". Gaborone: Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Mlambo, Nontobeko (6 April 2018). "Botswana: Meet Botswana's Youngest Minister, Bogolo Kenewendo". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation United Nations, press release of July 12, 2018.

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