Governance Structure

Board of Directors

BITRI is run by a Board of Directors each elected for a term of three years. They are appointed by the Ministry of Communications, Knowledge and Technology. The Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization. They comprise of members from different disciplines such as academia, mining, stock exchange and research.

The day to day running of the organization is lead by the Chief Executive Officer, together with the executive management. The executive management comprise of two Executive Directors and three Directors.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held quarterly and the schedule is drawn at the beginning of the financial year. The Board has appointed a number of Board Committees to assist in the discharge of its duties.

Board Members

 

Mr Geoffery Mahlaka

Member

             (Acting Board Chairperson)

Mr. Geoffrey Mahlaka is currently the Corporate Secretary of Minerals Development Company Botswana (Pty) Ltd (MDCB), a position he has held since 2016. Mr. Mahlaka has over 17 years of experience obtained in various sectors ranging from banking, medical aids, pension fund, parastatals and mining investment. Mr. Mahlaka is a qualified Attorney and a Fellow member of the International Academy of Business & Financial Management and the Insurance Institute of South Africa. He is certified in Risk Management, Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering Prevention, Compliance Management, Corporate and Board Governance, Internal Audit Processes, Contract Management and Short-Term Insurance. He is an independent Trustee of Pula Medical Aid Fund. Mr. Mahlaka holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Botswana and an Executive MBA from the Botswana Open University.

Professor Rejoice Tsheko

Member

Prof. Rejoice Tsheko is an Associate Professor of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and former Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs & Research) and Head of Department (2001-2007) at the Botswana University of Agriculture & Natural Resources. With numerous scientific publications in internationally recognised journals, and over twenty-six (26) years in the university system, Prof. Tsheko is a seasoned lecturer, researcher, and consultant. Prof. Tsheko has also carried out numerous local and international consultancies in the Agricultural and Water Sectors, and Remote Sensing. Prof. Tsheko’s vast experience in corporate governance includes serving in the Board of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) and Editorial Board Member of the WaterSA journal, a publication of Water Research Commission (WRC) in South Africa. Prof. Tsheko holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from McGill University in Canada. He is also a graduate of University of Stellenbosch Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) and The Africa Directors Programme (ADP)

Ms. Mpho Lynn Mogasha

Member

Ms. Mpho Mogasha is currently the Head of Finance & Administration at the Botswana Stock Exchange Limited. Ms. Mogasha graduated with a BA in Accounting from the University of Botswana. She is ACCA qualified and a member of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA). She has completed both the Management Development Programme (MDP) and Executive Development Program (EDP) at University of Stellenbosch Business School (RSA). Ms. Mogasha also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management from the Botswana Accountancy College. Ms. Mogasha has previously served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Botswana Gender Based Violence Prevention Centre (BGBVPC), a non-governmental organisation that provides shelter to victims of genderbased violence. Prior to being appointed the Board Chairperson of the shelter, she had served as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the shelter.

Ms Keleabetswe Rampole

Member

Ms Keleabetswe Rampole has over six years of professional experience in academia, public and private institutions. She currently serves as a pension fund administrator in the finance industry. Keleabetswe has worked as an effective human resources officer in the public sector. She later joined academia as a lecturer. During this period she published and presented conference papers, research articles and a book chapter. The pillars of hard work, persistence, collaboration and inclusivity are the cornerstone of Ms Rampole’s work ethic.

Mr Vincent Phemelo Rapoo

Member

Mr. Rapoo has over sixteen years working for various organizations in the private and public sector having worked as Director of Phuthadikobo Museum and Secretary of the Board, Department of Research Science and Technology as Principal Research Science and Technology Officer – Intellectual Property Rights and currently working as Copyright Specialist at the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority. His main capacities are in Intellectual Property Policy development, Intellectual Property Strategy development, Technology Transfer Strategies, IP Management and Commercialization and Access and Benefit Sharing. Furthermore, Mr. Rapoo has added experience on people management having supervised more than twenty (20) employees, including interns during his employment. He additionally possesses expertise in labour relations, having served on the Joint Negotiations Consultation Committee (JNCC). He has provided Intellectual Property support mechanisms to different stakeholders in the field of Research, Science, Technology and Innovation. His publication is “The Promotion of Research and Innovation in Botswana: The Role of Intellectual Property Policies”

Dr Tiro Molebatsi

Member

Dr Tiro Molebatsi is a Principal hydrogeologist and director at aqualogic (PTY) LTD, one of Botswana’s leading consulting firms in geosciences, geotechnical engineering, and environmental sciences. Dr Molebatsi has been with aqualogic since its inception in 1999. From 2008 to 2013 Dr Molebatsi was in Australia where he got his doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Queensland. His doctoral research was in the characterization of flow processes in heterogeneous rock systems. Dr Molebatsi leads the aqualogic research group that researches on geoscientific topics including the application of artificial intelligence to the acquisition and analysis of geoscientific data. As part of the aqualogic Board of directors, Dr Molebatsi is responsible for not only building a consulting firm that is synonymous with excellence but that also solves complex scientific problems anywhere in the world.

Professor Shedden Masupe

Chief Executive Officer

Professor Shedden Masupe assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer with effect from October 2017. Prof Masupe joined BITRI in the position Executive Director – Technologies and as Deputy CEO in July 2014. His responsibilities included leading, managing, directing, coordinating and supervising all research and development undertaken by BITRI in the areas of Information Systems & Technologies, Energy, and Electronics & Communications as well as the Information & Technology and Design Departments. He graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from Mount Allison University, Canada in1993, and a BSc Eng., Electrical Engineering (Communications and Fields) from University of New Brunswick, Canada acquired in 1995. He also has an MSc in Electronics Engineering (Digital Systems) from Cardiff University, and a PhD in Electronics Engineering attained from Edinburgh University in the UK. Prof Masupe is a highly driven and experienced executive with a sound track record acquired over 20 years leading academic and research teams towards fulfilment of corporate strategy objectives and organizational mandates and he also possesses strong competencies in the areas of Project Management, as well Cultural Change and Enterprise Architecture. His leadership pedigree is evidenced by strategic level participation in a number of executive committees of reputable technology and academic organisations such as BITRI, BoFiNet, BUAN and UB, leading the team that formulated the BITRI organisational strategy, stakeholder management at all levels of the organization, and providing mentorship to professionals in the ICT field, leading research and teaching activities at UB as HoD of Electrical Engineering Department as well as Associate Dean Computer Engineering BIUST College of Engineering and Technology. Prof Masupe’s industry experience cover his stint as Senior Consultant for ICT Consultants engaged by Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) to draft a National Broadband Strategy. He has also served as Project Manager at ACHAP, Botswana Global Libraries Project and was responsible for leading impact assessment of the Sesigo Project and as a Consultant forming part of a team responsible for developing strategy for Government Implementation and Coordinating Office (GICO) tasked to develop and deliver of Project Management Training for Government officials. From 2004 to 2014, Prof Masupe was Coordinator of the UB CISCO Networking Academy (Regional Academy) responsible for managing the regional academy and training of instructors for local academies. He was also ASIC Design Engineer at the Edinburgh-based ST Microelectronics in the Imaging Division responsible for setting specifications and top-level design register-transfer level (RTL) of digital imaging co-processors and systems as well as field-programmable gate array (FPGA) prototyping of designed systems. Prof Masupe served as Board Member for BoFiNet and as Council Member at BUAN. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Professional Engineer registered with the Engineers Registration Board as well as a member of the Botswana Institute of Engineers.