Linah Mohohlo


Former Governor of the Bank of Botswana

Linah Mohohlo has played a key role in one of Africa’s most successful economies as governor of Botswana’s central bank since 1999. She became governor in 1999 after 23 years with the bank and service with the International Monetary Fund in Washington. She served as governor of the Bank of Botswana until October 2016. She sits on the boards of several major companies in Botswana and elsewhere.

Kofi Annan, then secretary-general of the United Nations, appointed Ms Mohohlo as Eminent Person in 2001 to oversee the evaluation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa. She is a member of Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa and of the Africa Emerging Markets Forum.

Ms Mohohlo has received many awards, including The Banker Magazine’s Central Bank Governor of the Year (2001) for Africa and the Middle East, Euromoney’s Emerging Markets Central Bank Governor of the Year for Sub-Saharan Africa (2003), Presidential Order of Honour 2004 (Botswana’s highest public service award), African Times Africa Leadership Award (2007) and African Banker’s Banking Regulator of the Year (2007).

Ms Mohohlo has read accounting and business, economics, finance and investments at the University of Botswana, George Washington University and the University of Exeter, and has undertaken an executive management programme at Yale University. She has written and published on economics, finance, reserves management and governance.


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