Board of Directors' Profiles

Honorable Major General Pius Mokgware

Major General (retired) Pius Mokgware has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies, US War College, 2002, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA acc.) Diploma in Advance Finance Management, IDM, 1987, Diploma in Resource Management, Naval Post Graduate College, 1987, Certificate in Finance Management, IDM, 1983. Major General Mokgware joined Tebelopele Board on 15th November, 2012.

Major General Mokgware is currently the Member of Parliament for Gabane-Mmankgodi. From 2010 to 2014 he was working for the University of Botswana as a Lecturer teaching Media and Politics; Security Studies, Civil Military Relations, Security, Conflict and War, International Organisations; and Strategic Leadership. He has vast experience in Strategic Management field and prior to joining University of Botswana he worked for Botswana Defence Force as Commander of the Ground Forces. In the Botswana Defence Force he held various positions from Staff Finance Officer, Chief Internal Auditor, Assistant Chief of Staff, Finance (Finance Manager of the Defence Force), Commander, 2 Infantry Brigade (entire Northern Region of Botswana) , as the Ground Forces Commander he was responsible for the Command: planning, Management and administration of the Ground Forces Formations, ensuring combat readiness, in charge of planning and implementation of training strategies and programmes, in charge of performance improvements in the entire defence force, train members of the defence force on leadership, in charge of the E-governance programs-computerization of Botswana Defence Force, promoting and educating the public on conservation and environmental issues.

Major General Mokgware is a professional member of Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), a member of Toast Master International and member of United States of America War College Alumni Associations. Major General Mokgware has been awarded a distinguished Code of Order and a Distinguished Service Medal awards.

Mr. Joseph Letlhogonolo Phalalo

Mr. Joseph Letlhogonolo Phalalo holds BSc Degree (Hons)- Occupational Health & Safety from the South Bank University – London, 1996-1999; a certificate in Applied Ergonomics in Occupational Health & Safety (OHS), University of Pretoria – South Africa; NOSA ACCREDITED SAFETY AUDITOR, NOSA Training Academy – 1993; Diploma in Fire Engineering Science, Lancashire County International Fire Service Training Centre – United Kingdom -1992; Certificate in Fire Prevention & Operational Command and Control, Fire Service College – MORETON IN MARSH- United Kingdom – 1987; Diploma in Loss Control Management, Chamber of Mines of South Africa-1984 and a Certificate in HIV/AIDS Strategy, Marcus Evans - 2000. Mr. Phalalo joined Tebelopele Board on 20th March 2012.
Mr. Phalalo is an all-rounder in the field of Occupational Health & Safety as has held various positions from Safety Officer, Fire Instructor, Loss Control Superintendent, and HIV & AIDS Coordinator to Corporate Risk Manager. His responsibilities include Enterprise Wide Management of risk portfolios, including risk transfer, risk control and security risk management of Botswana Power Corporation. Phalalo is a registered Occupational Health & safety professional with the Institution of Safety Management, a Fellow Member of Society Risk Managers, Risk Management Institute of South Africa and a full member of Institute of Fire Engineers, South Africa. Mr. Phalalo had a privilege to sit as a Board member of the Southern African Power Pool Coordination Centre in Harare (SAPP-CC) in 2012, Chairperson of the HIV&AIDS anonymous and voluntary prevalence survey in 2002. He is the Chairperson of the Environmental Sub-Committee (ESC) of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) a position he has held from 2011 to date.

Mr. Gaseene Sebetso

Mr. Gaseene Sebetso holds an MSc (Molecular Biology), University of Queensland, Australia - 2009, BSc (Biotechnology), Ferris State University, Michigan, USA - 1999, BSc Part I, University of Botswana - 1994. Sebetso joined the Tebelopele Board on 20th March 2012.

Mr. Sebetso is a Senior Laboratory Scientist and Technical Supervisor at Botswana –Harvard HIV Reference Laboratory (BHHRL) also a Rapid HIV Testing (RHT) Master Trainer and Coordinator. He has vast experience in the field of HIV/AIDS clinical and biomedical research. Sebetso’s responsibilities is to oversee daily laboratory operations and ensure continuous availability of testing services; liaise with the lab management and Quality Assurance management to ensure Lab Quality Management System is implemented and analyzes lab data for formulating national testing guidelines and policies.
Mr. Sebetso has interacted and worked with partners such as BOTUSA/CDC and has experience in technical areas of test kit evaluation and Quality Assurance in testing and logistics. He has been involved in the initial set-up of operations of the BHHRL starting in February 2000 and subsequent roll out of HIV testing services nationwide, initiation of HIV monitoring test services at Maun General Hospital in 2006 and facilitates the set-up of a National HIV Drug Resistance laboratory; which is close to completion.

He is a member of the Botswana Health Professions Council and Botswana Institute of Clinical Lab Professions.

Mr. Letswalo Moesi

Mr. Letswalo Moesi is an Economist in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. An enthusiastic and result oriented Development Practitioner, with over 15 years in the public service. His areas of specialisation include Project Management with particular emphasis in project planning, budgeting and appraisal.

He joined Tebelopele Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centres as a Board member in 2010. Currently he is the Chairperson of the Resource Mobilisation Committee and was previously the Chairperson of the Human Resource Committee.

Mr. Moesi holds BA (Social Sciences) majoring in Economics and Environmental Sciences and MSc (Development and Project Planning) from University of Bradford (UK). He is also a member of the Association for Project Management- APM (UK).

Dr. William Baratedi

Dr. William Mooketsi Baratedi was born during the mid 60s in his home village of Moshupa. He trained as a Nurse in 1985 and upon qualification he had a short stint with Kweneng District council. He later on joined and trained as an army officer. Dr. Baratedi enjoyed soldering for twenty years where he became a renowned clinician and administrator. On retirement he worked for three years with the Ministry of Health and Wellness as a lecturer at the Bamalete Lutheran School of Nursing. In 2015 he joined the University of Botswana as a lecturer in the school of Nursing. Dr. Baratedi holds Diploma in Registered Nursing and Midwifery from National Health Institute, Gaborone – Botswana, Bachelor of Nursing Education and Masters of Nursing Sciences from the University of Botswana. He did his post-graduate in clinical nursing at the Second Military Medical University of Shanghai, China and graduated for his Doctorate in 2013 from University of South Africa. He is currently a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Botswana and Tebelopele Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centre.

Ms. Yvonne Kose Chilume

Ms Yvonne Chilume is a private legal practitioner with over 20 years experience in private law practice. She has served in the Attorney General’s Chambers as a state counsel in the divisions of Prosecutions, Law Reporting and Legislative Drafting. She has immense experience in advisory work, legal representation and negotiation of, commercial transactional work; intellectual property and competition law, environmental policy analysis, drafting of various laws such as environmental laws and providing legal opinions with respect to new areas of law such as environmental law and its connection to the intellectual property. She has held various corporate positions:- Chairperson post for Law Society of Botswana, Vice President of Women in Business(WIBA), Treasurer of SADC Lawyers Association, member of Board of Botswelelo Centre (Pty) Ltd, member of Board for Radiation Protection, member of Action for Economic Empowerment Trust. She currently holds position of Director in the Board Tebelopele Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre, since September 2014 and Chair of Human Resource Sub-Committee. She is a single mother of two daughters.

Ms. Marlene Nkete

Ms. Marlene Nkete is the Executive Director of Tebelopele. Marlene B. Nkete MPH, MSc has extensive understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities in project management with over 17 years of experience. Currently Ms. Nkete serves as the Executive Director for Tebelopele Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centers, the largest non-governmental organization in Botswana with 18 locations across the country. Previously, Ms. Nkete served as the USAID/Botswana Public-Private Partnership Advisor and Project Manager for health systems strengthening and health financing activities. Ms. Nkete led the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Botswana efforts to leverage private sector resources to enhance the sustainability of PEPFAR/Botswana supported HIV/AIDS interventions. As the Country Coordinator for the University Research Corporation (URC), she led the program evaluations and development of national HIV counseling and testing standards and guidelines under a PEPFAR funded project, Building Human Resource Capacity to support prevention, care and treatment in Botswana. In her role as the Performance Improvement Coordinator at the Botswana National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA), she was responsible for driving the refinement of the corporate strategy and tracking the performance of the organizations key performance indicators. She also served as the acting Monitoring and Evaluation Head and Principal Research Officer, responsible for the oversight of monitoring and evaluation for all national HIV and AIDS programs within NACA. Not only has Ms. Nkete worked at a national level to strengthen responses to health issues, she has also had experience in health education and capacity building at the grassroots level. As a health educator in Niger, she assisted in the development of health promotion programs for women and children. In Lesotho, Ms. Nkete supported the development of community-based projects in education, income generation, and small business development for women.


MPH, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1998 (Health and Housing Fellow)

MSC, Transportation and Logistics Planning, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, 1991

B.A., Sociology, St. Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, VA, 1989