Festus G. Mogae


Mr. Festus G. Mogae was president of Botswana from 31st March 1998 to 31st March 2008. He was born on 21st August, 1939 at Serowe in the Central District of Botswana. He studied economics at the universities of Oxford and Sussex in the United Kingdom. He started his career as a public officer in 1968 as planning officer. He was Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning from 1975 to 1976.

He served in Washington, DC as Alternate and the Executive Director, International Monetary Fund for Anglophone Africa from 1976 to 1980. He was Governor of the Bank of Botswana from 1980 to 1981. From 1982 to 1989 he was Permanent Secretary to the President, Secretary to the Cabinet and Supervisor of Elections. Mr. Mogae joined politics in 1989 and was appointed Minister of Finance and Development Planning and became Vice President in 1992.

He has received a number of honours such as Naledi Ya Botswana - Gaborone (2003); Grand Croix -Madagascar (2006); Officier de I'Order Nationale du Mali (1977); Global Marketplace Award by the Corporate Council on Africa - Houston, USA (May 1999); Distinguished Achievement Award for AIDS Leadership in Southern Africa by the Medunsa Trust - Washington DC, USA (June 2000); the 2002 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference Weekend Chairman's Award - Washington D.C., USA (September 2002); The Knight Commander of the Most Courteous Order of the Kingdom of Lesotho (2004); the Honorary Fellow - University College Oxford (2003); to mentioned but a few.

In October 2008, Festus Mogae was awarded the Mo Ibrahim prize for good governance.