By Jereaghogho Efeturi Ukusare
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo was born 31 years ago and is from Motopi village in the Boteti area of Botswana. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Botswana and an MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex (UK) with a Chevening scholarship she earned for herself. She is also a certified Project Management PRINCE 2 practitioner.
She was one of two Botswana youth delegates at the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. During which she was nominated to present a statement of African youths to the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Ms. Kenewendo is a specialist in Macroeconomic policy, public debt management, trade policy, export development, trade in services, regulatory frameworks, trade related issues, trade and investment policy, industrial development policy, institutional frameworks for policy formulation, poverty alleviation and financial sector development. She was honored with the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award by JCI Botswana in 2012. Following her encounter with the US first lady Michelle Obama during her Yali experience pre-Mandela Washington fellowship in 2011, she and a friend formed the Molaya Kgosi Women Empowerment.
She was based in Ghana where she had been working as a trade economist in the ministry of trade and industry in Ghana and was previously employed as an economic consultant at Econsult Botswana. Interestingly, Ms. Kenewendo is also a seasoned presenter and regularly provides analysis for local and international press. She is currently the youngest representative in parliament after being specially elected by the President of Botswana. A versatile personality, she achieved all these by hard work and perseverance.