Lecture and Reception with His Excellency Festus G. Mogae

Democratization in Africa: What Africans Expect from the Obama Administration

03.23.09

Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 6:30 PM
Trustee Ballroom, Boston University
School of Management
595 Commonwealth Avenue, 9th floor
Boston, MA 02215
Entrance on 1 Silber Way

The number of seats is very limited, and your immediate response is appreciated.

Please RSVP by March 27 to our office via email at aparc@bu.edu or by telephone at (617) 353-5452.

Biographical Information for His Excellency Mogae:

His Excellency was born on August 21, 1939 in Serowe, Botswana.  He matriculated at Moeng College and went on to study economics at the Universities of Oxford and Sussex in the United Kingdom.  He took up post as Planning Officer in 1968 and progressed to become Director of Economic Affairs.  He returned to Botswana to work as a civil servant before taking up posts with the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Botswana. He was Vice-President of Botswana from 1992 to 1998.

His Excellency's presidency, spanning two terms from 1998-2008, was marked by major victories in the fight against poverty, unemployment, and HIV/AIDS. Upon being sworn in for his second term in November 2004, Mogae pledged to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in Botswana by 2016.

He stepped down as President on April 1, 2008 and was succeeded by Vice-President Ian Khama. Since that time, Mogae has received numerous recognitions for his outstanding achievements as head of state. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on March 20, 2008 for his "exemplary leadership" in making Botswana a "model" of democracy and good governance.  Mogae won the 2008 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. And regarding Mogae's campaign against the HIV/AIDS pandemic, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated in October 2008: "President Mogae's outstanding leadership has ensured Botswana's continued stability and prosperity in the face of an HIV/AIDS pandemic which threatened the future of his country and people."