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 Mrs Elmah Nthebolan - Board Chair



Mr Innocent Lefatshe Magole – Vice Chairperson

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



Ms Keneilwe Phakama –Tshwenyego  - Secretary




Mr Tshepo Phuthego  - Treasurer




Mr Nchidzi Butale - Member




 Dr Phenyo Thebe – Member





Mr Johannes Westra Member



Mr Dikeme Kgaodi - Member


Mr Phillip Segadika - Member


Ms Oarabile Serumola - Member