Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has appointed Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba to be his deputy.
Masire-Mwamba succeeds Florence Mugasha of Uganda who is leaving after six years in office.
Sharma said: “I am truly delighted to be able to make this appointment. From an exceptional field of candidates from six countries, Mrs Masire-Mwamba offered a wealth of experience in a broad range of areas of our work. I am confident that the Commonwealth will benefit enormously from the significant contribution that Mrs Masire-Mwamba will make.”
Responding to the appointment, Masire-Mwamba said: “I am honoured to have been given this great opportunity and I look forward to working in the service of the Commonwealth.”
She will report to Sharma on political affairs, legal and constitutional affairs and youth affairs, and also oversee the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Corporate Services Division, Human Resources Section and the Human Rights Unit.
She will work alongside Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Ransford Smith of Jamaica, in post since August 2006, who is responsible for economic affairs, and the Secretariat’s activities in governance and institutional development, social transformation, and special advisory services.
Masire-Mwamba has held a number of high level positions, including those of Chief Executive of Botswana’s Investment Promotion Agency (BEDIA); Group Manager of Corporate Business and Regulatory Affairs for the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation; and UK Business Development Manager for the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.