#LLABlog – Meet Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, the youngest minister in Botswana’s history

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo

Bogolo J. Kenewendo is an African economist and Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory. She is the former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry of Botswana and makes history as the youngest cabinet minister in Botswana.

She holds an MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex (UK) through the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. She is a certified Project Management PRINCE 2 practitioner and a BQA accredited trainer on economic issues. 

She is also the Program Leader of Molaya Kgosi Women Leadership and Mentorship Program and the Board Chair of Molaya Kgosi Trust. She is a member of the United Nations Secretary-General (UN SG) António Guterres’ High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, advising him on a rising global trend and how the UN can push for more cooperation in that space. 

She is also a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader (YGL, 2019) and a member of the WEF Global Future Council for Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She recently joined the RDC Properties board as a Non-Executive Independent Director.

Kenewendo was one of the first Botswana youth representatives to the United Nations General Assembly. She is also a beneficiary and alumni of the US President’s Young African Leaders Initiative for young women.

In 2012 she was honoured with the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award by JCI Botswana and was honoured with a 2016 Botswana Change Makers Award in Business and leadership as well as a 2016 Formidable Woman award. Still, in 2016 she was honoured through the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office International Leaders Program and one of Chevening’s 35 Global Changemakers in 2019 and she constantly features in Africa’s most influential person’s lists.


This article was culled from the Center for Global Development.

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