Kesaobaka Pharatlhatlhe (Young Professionals/Entrepreneurs, 2014)
Kesaobaka Pharatlhatlhe holds a Bachelor of Business Science in Economics and Marketing from Monash University and currently serve as the Secretary General of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers (Gaborone Hub), which is a network of city based hubs led by young leaders between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference.
She is the Country Focal Point of Botswana for the Hands Up For HER Campaign (HACEY’S Health Initiative) which is a platform through which young girls can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of the society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation.
A mentor in the American Embassy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Project in Partnership with the Botswana Student Network, the aim of the project is to encourage young girls and boys Junior Secondary Schools to choose subjects and Careers around the STEM field. A recent alumni of the 2013 Commonwealth Youth Programme – Discovering Young Leaders Programme, an online interactive forum that brought together 500 young people between the ages of 15-29 years old to inspire, empower and expose young people to views and concepts of leadership, global trends in youth empowerment and the principles of youth development across the Commonwealth. I was recently nominated for the position of Chairperson for the Commonwealth Youth Council, and had the opportunity to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Hambantota, Sri Lanka where the elections were held.
Along with another WEF Global Shaper we recently Co-Founded the Duke of Africa Foundation® which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities. The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has recently called upon the Foundation to add value to their youth policy (SADC Strategy and Business Plan 2014-2019: Youth Empowerment and Participation for Sustainable Development). We are in talks with a national youth parliamentarian in Nigeria to come to Botswana to help us establish a national youth parliament as well as a regional youth parliament with the assistance of SADC and other relevant stakeholders. The foundation is also in talks with the Education Hub in Botswana to become a licensed independent operator for the Duke of Edinburg Awards.
Youth development, empowerment, participation and capacity building is my current focus and passion.