Governor, Bank of Botswana
Linah Mohohlo has been Governor of the Bank of Botswana since 1999, following a 23-year career with the Bank.
Among her several international engagements, she was appointed Eminent Person in 2002 by the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, charged with the responsibility of overseeing the evaluation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in 1990s. She served in former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Commission of Africa which published ‘Our Common Interest’ in 2005.
Linah has been a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Committee on Financial Services for the Poor, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, the UN High Level Panel of Experts on Recosting, and on Humanitarian Financing.
She is also a member of the Investment Committee of the UN Pension Fund and of the Africa Progress Panel and has served as Governor of the IMF for Botswana.
Linah is a recipient of a number of national and international awards, among which is Botswana’s highest public service award for efficient and devoted service, the Presidential Order of Honour. Both the Financial Times Magazine (The Banker) and Euromoney bestowed on her the Central Bank Governor of the Year for Africa Awards in 2001, 2003 and 2008. In 2011, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.
She read accounting and business, economics, finance and investments at the University of Botswana, The George Washington University and University of Exeter respectively, and has received executive management training from Yale University in the US.