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Prof Elisha Toteng - Chairman

Dr Toteng holds the following qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Environmental Science (Single Major), University of Botswana; a Certificate in Development Planning (Policy Development), University College London; a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield, England; a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University, Wales; a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in water planning and resource management policy, Faculty of Engineering and Environmental Design, Cardiff University. Dr Toteng has also completed several short courses in Botswana and abroad on: Auditing Environmental Management Systems; Understanding Environmental Management Systems; Project Development on Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation; International Business; Electronic Database Management; Electronic Spreadsheets; Introduction to Micro Computers.

In terms of work experience, cumulatively Dr Toteng has about twenty two years’ experience in applied research, in academia, and in environmental impact assessment consultancy work. He has undertaken applied research and consultancy assignments all over Botswana. Dr Toteng started his professional career as an Assistant Research Officer in the Applied Research Unit of the then Ministry of Local Government, Lands and Housing. In 1995 he joined the University of Botswana as a lecturer in Environmental Science. In 2003 he progressed to the rank of Senior Lecturer.

Dr Toteng has served from 2002-2011 as a volunteer ordinary member and also a chairman for six years in the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) – Small Grants Programme (GEF) National Steering Committee. He was elected to the founding Board of the Environmental Practitioners’ Association in 2011, and has been serving the organisation as its interim Sectarian pending the appointment of office staff.

Dr Toteng has more than 40 research papers/publications in the area of environmental/natural resource management and socio-economic development comprising of peer reviewed journal papers, books and chapters, conference/workshop papers, research reports, and environmental consultancy reports. He has to date supervised 8 Master of Science dissertations in environmental science and natural resource management (6 completed, 2 in progress) and 1 PhD (in progress).

Dr Toteng has worked as coordinator, team leader, principal or co investigator in several research projects, highlights of which include: Climate Change Awareness and Vulnerability to Floods in Human Settlements in Botswana; A Comparative Study of Ecological Urban Planning and Urban Tourism in Maun and Gaborone, Botswana; Investigating and Mapping the Dynamics of Peri-Urban Growth in Botswana in Mogoditshane and Tlokweng Project; Assessment of Impacts of Climate Change, Vulnerability and Adaptation Capacity in Eastern Botswana.

 

 

Ms Kgomotsego Motlopi – Vice Chairperson

 

Ms Sephiwe Phillimon - Secretary

 

 

 

 

Mr Casmir C.N Ketlhalefile - Treasurer

 


Mr. Ketlhalefile holds a Bachelors of Arts Geology and Anthropology (archaeology) from Albion College, Michigan. He is currently a full-time graduate student with the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa where he is pursing MPhil in Environmental Management. His interest in the field of Environment lies in Development Planning and Environmental Analysis.

Ketlhalefile is a founder of Geoarchaeology Research Group (PTY) LTD an environmental consultancy firm which was established in 2002. He is employed as a Senior Environmentalist and he is responsible for project management of environmental impact assessments and all geology related works.

With is multi-disciplinary approach, Ketlhalefile got involved in a substantial number of research projects (in archaeology, environmental and geology). He has undertaken a research project under the supervision of Prof. Elizabeth Brumfiel in Xaltocan, Basin of Mexico. While at Mexico Ketlhalefile was employed as a Team leader. He was responsible for executing excavations on site G4 and analysis of human remains. In 1998 he was involved on a project in Pompeii, Italy. His assignment was to study the impact of tourism on archaeological sites. In the United States, Mr. Ketlhalefile has worked extensively with Dr. Michael Shott (Lakeside Science Laboratory, Iowa). Their specialization was studying migration patterns of the Oneota Cultures. In addition to this, Ketlhalefile was team member of Tsavo Archaeological Research Team which was directed by Dr. Chap Kusimba of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. His assignment was to map, and identify environmental factors that could have hindered or encouraged where prehistoric people could dwell and where they could not.

 

Mr Innocent Lefatshe Magole - Member

Mr Innocent Lefatshe Magole holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Wildlife Management from Reading University (UK) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Biology and Environmental Science from University of Botswana. He also holds a Diploma in Negotiation Skills from Academy for Negotiation Skills in South Africa.

 

Mr Magole has twenty three (23) years’ experience working within the environment arena. His career started off at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) where he prides himself for having been part of the Botswana Team that negotiated and operationalized the formation of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. He then left DWNP and joined the Forestry Association of Botswana, a local NGO, as Executive Director. He left yet again to join Conservation International (CI) as the Country Director. It was during Mr Magole’s term as Country Director at CI that the Botswana country office organized and carried out the first ever Aquatic Rapid Assessment (AquaRAP) in the Okavango Delta. Mr Magole then joined the University of Botswana as Ecotourism Researcher at the Okavango Research Institute (ORI). During the seven years that he was at ORI, Mr Magole authored and published several journal articles on the environment, conservation and tourism. One of the papers that has attracted attention which he co-authored with his wife Dr Lapo Magole is entitled “The Okavango; Whose Delta is it? published in the Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth Volume 34 Issues 13-16 pp 874-880

Mr Magole has also worked on what can be considered signature environment projects in the Okavango River Basin and the SADC region generally. Firstly, between 2008 and 2010, he worked as Deputy National Project Coordinator for the GEF funded BIOKAVANGO Project, whose primary goal was mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in the production sectors of the Okavango Delta. Secondly he also worked as Deputy Coordinator for the EU funded Defragmenting African Resource Management (DARMA) Project that covered five SADC countries (Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe). Thereafter, he worked as Livelihoods Coordinator for the USAID funded Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program (SAREP) that focused on the conservation and sustainable utilization of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin (Angola, Botswana and Namibia).

Mr Magole is currently Managing Director at SESU HOLDINGS, an environmental consulting company based in Maun. As a Consultant, Mr Magole has led several EIA projects throughout the country. Some of his landmark consultancy projects include being Team leader and local consultant in the preparation of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the Botswana component, which he prepared together with a team from Peace Parks Foundation in South Africa. Furthermore, he worked as the Environmental Expert for both Development of the Outlooks and Options for Botswana’s Sustainable Development project, (a precursor), and the follow on project for developing the National Strategy for Sustainable Development framework of Botswana.

Mr Magole has served in several Boards, including the National Conservation Strategy Agency, IUCN-Regional Office of Southern Africa, Science and Technology Commission and the Botswana Red Cross Society as Vice President.

 

 

Mr Geofrey Khwarae – Member

 

Geofrey Khwarae holds an MSc in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and graduate degree on Environmental Science obtained from the University of Botswana. Geofrey has undertaken a series of professional training in PRINCE 2, Project Management, Cooperation and Conflict Prevention in Transboundary Water Resources, Integrated Water Resources Management, Promoting Integrity and Accountability in the Water Sector, among others. Geofrey has worked for local and international organizations that include, Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS), UNDP Botswana, African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW), USAID and Chemonics International Inc. He has worked in Botswana, Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique and Lesotho.

 

Geofrey is a registered EIA Specialist and an environmental consultant/practitioner under the Botswana Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association (BEAPA). His BEAPA registration No is 0060. He practices under his company, Champs Botswana, which is registered with PPADB as a consulting company for provision of Environmental Services (Code 313), and specifically Environmental Assessments (Sub Code 01), Archaeological Services (Sub Code 02), and Natural Resource Planning and management (Sub Code 05). Geofrey has undertaken, and coordinated environmental assessment projects (developing EIAs and EMPs) across sectors of Tourism, Petroleum, Education, Mining, Water, to mention only a few.

Geofrey Khwarae is the Founder and Executive Director of Champs Botswana (Pty) Ltd. Champs Botswana is the leading company in the management of hazardous waste in Botswana. Through Geofrey’s guidance Champs Botswana has undertaken major jobs which include treatment and rehabilitation of soils contaminated with hydro carbons (spillage from petroleum products); removal, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste (including used oil, grease, oil filters, oily rags, redundant chemicals and chemical sludge, asbestos, fibre glass, etc) for major clients such as Government of Botswana, Debswana Mines, BPC, WUC, Botswana Railways, DML, Ghaghoo Diamond Mine, Karowe Mine, Khoemacau Copper Mine.

 

 

Prof. Kutlwano Mulale – Member

 

Mr Dikeme Kgaodi - Member

 

Mr Phillip Segadika - Member

 

Ms Oarabile Serumola - Member