The Oppenheimer Lecture is delivered by an outstanding leader from sub-Saharan Africa. In the thirteenth year of this prestigious event, His Honour Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana, shares how his country assesses the current state of play in Africa and prospects for peace and stability.
President Masisi was inaugurated on 1 April 2018, having previously served as Vice President since 2014 and having held various cabinet portfolios. Before becoming a full-time politician, he had established himself as an educationist. In 1987, President Masisi became a curriculum specialist at the Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation. In 1990, he attained his MSc degree at Florida State University, specialising in Social Studies Education and Instructional Systems Design. Masisi joined UNICEF in 1995 as Education Project Officer, where he was responsible for initiating programmes for vulnerable and marginalised members of the community.
In October 2009, President Masisi was elected to parliament and appointed Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, becoming the Minister from January 2011. As a Minister and Vice President, he has been responsible for the oversight of key programmes, including Employment Creation, Economic Diversification Drive and Poverty Eradication.
Dr John Chipman CMG is Director-General and Chief Executive of The International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is Special Adviser to the Chairman of Reliance Industries (Mumbai), a member of the Board of Directors of private equity firm The Abraaj Group (Dubai) and consults widely.