KGAREBE, Boitumelo (Dr. Ms)

An international expert in scientific program and project management, with vast experience in networking of higher education institutions and institutional relationship management focusing mainly on capacity building.

Dr. Kgarebe is an analytical chemist by training and holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of London, as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Botswana. She has more than 21 years of university teaching and research experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She has also been the head of a national scientific research centre responsible for food research, innovation, commercialization, and technology transfer. She has also worked at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, where she handled a wide portfolio of technical cooperation program that focus on the use of chemistry and science for economic and technological development, with a particular emphasis on developing countries and countries whose economies are in transition.

In this post, she was responsible for the identification, design, implementation and evaluation of capacity-building programs and activities in conjunction with national and regional institutions and other international organisations. She has had great success in fostering institutional partnerships internationally. In this area, she has established and promoted joint ventures with recipient countries such as: Armenia, Argentina, Cameroon, Ecuador, India, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, Qatar, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Uruguay; and donor countries such as China, Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Currently she is heading the analytical services division, a unit at the National Institute for Occupational Health in Johannesburg, providing specialised laboratory services, research, advisory services and training to support the practice of occupational and environmental health. She has held directorships in academia, industry, and in international scientific organizations which has provided her with a rounded appreciation of harnessing human capacity for development.