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Mr. Sekgowa Motsumi

Mr Sekgowa MotsumiSekgowa Salisbury Motsumi was born on March 3rd, 1972 in Molepolole, Botswana to Mrs Khole Ketlogetswe and Koonyatse Salisbury Ketlogetswe. He grew up and attended primary school at Bakwena national School in Molepolole and completed secondary school at Kgosi Kgari Sechele II Senior Secodary School in Molepolole in 1991.

His National Service until 1993 was spent as a primary school teacher at Modisaotsile primary School in Bobonong following which he enrolled in a science programme at the University of Botswana. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology in 1997 and took a post in Kasane as Assistant Wildlife Biologist, Research Division, Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP).

"My work at OKACOM is driven by the visionary leadership of the three governments for recognizing the importance of joint management even during very difficult times through the signing of the OKACOM Agreement in 1994.”

From 2000 to 2002 he earned a Masters Degree in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture at the Agricultural University of Norway

In early 2003 he gained further exposure to policy work through filling the post of Wildlife Biologist in the Research Division of DWNP. In June 2003 he moved to Maun to work as Project Coordinator for BirdLife Botswana’s Crane Working Group.

From 2004 to 2006 he supported the Okavango Delta Management Plan (ODMP) Project as Information and Public Education Officer, rejoining the Botswana public service in November 2006 as District Environment Coordinator, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).In 2013 he was transferred to head office where he was later appointed Acting Director of the Department of Environmental Affairs. He left the Public Service on 31st August 2014.

He is currently enrolled in a Doctoral (PhD) programme at the University of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute (ORI), he is focused on policy and institutional analysis for sustainable flood recession farming in the Okavango Delta.

Mr Motsumi was appointed to OKACOM’s Biodiversity Task Force in 2008 as Botswana Co-chairperson and to the Okavango Basin Steering Committee (OBSC) in April 2012.

In September 2014 he took the position as Programmes Coordinator for OKACOM Secretariat (OKASEC) in Maun, Botswana. As the Programmes Coordinator he is responsible for coordination with NAP Implementation Units and Regional Projects, implementation of specific regional SAP interventions, monitoring of SAP and NAP implementation as well as preparing bankable projects


He married Lebolokeng Saubi in 2003 and has three sons, Boago, Pako and Setso. In his spare time he enjoys reading and watching soccer.

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