Linah Kelebogile Mohohlo is a Botswana banker.
Mohohlo is currently the Governor of the Bank of Botswana.
She has played a key role in one of Africa’s most successful economies as governor of Botswana’s central bank since 1999.
Mohohlo became governor in 1999 after 23 years with the bank and service with the International Monetary Fund in Washington.
She sits on the boards of several major companies in Botswana and elsewhere.
Kofi Annan, then secretary-general of the United Nations, appointed Mrs Mohohlo as Eminent Person in 2001 to oversee the evaluation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa.
She is also a member of Tony Blair’s HYPERLINK Commission for Africa and of the Africa Emerging Markets Forum.
Mohohlo is currently a member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Committee on Financial Services for the Poor.
She sits in the Investment Committee of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and had co-chaired the meeting of the World Economic Forum for Africa in Cape Town in May 2011.
She is also a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. Every year, the Panel releases a report, the Africa Progress Report, that outlines an issue of immediate importance to the continent and suggests a set of associated policies.
And in 2012, the Africa Progress Report highlighted issues of Jobs, Justice, and Equity. The 2013 report outlines issues relating to oil, gas, and mining in Africa.
She has read accounting and business, economics, finance and investments at the University of Botswana, The George Washington University and University of Exeter, respectively, and received executive management training from Yale University.
Mohohlo has also authored and published several papers and book chapters in economics, finance & investments, reserves management and governance.
In addition, Mohohlo is a recipient of a number of national and international awards, including The Banker Magazine’s Central Bank Governor of the Year (2001) for Africa and the Middle East; Euromoney’s Emerging Markets Central Bank Governor of the Year for Sub-Saharan Africa (2003); Presidential Order of Honour 2004 (Botswana’s highest public service award); African Times Africa Leadership Award (2007) and African Banker’s Banking Regulator of the Year (2007).
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