H.E. Tebelelo Mazile Seretse

Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the U.S.

2013_seretse[1]Ambassador Seretse has the honor of being the first woman to be appointed Botswana’s Ambassador to the United States. Since being posted to Washington, she has already achieved several milestones including an appointment to be one of the two Ambassadors organizing Africa day 2012. She has represented the Embassy by participating in debates and public appearances such as the 2010 Black Congressional Caucus, Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institute and CSIS, NBC and many academic institutions. Prior to her diplomatic assignment, Ambassador Seretse was a Member of Parliament from 1999 - 2004. At this capacity she served as a Cabinet Minister holding three cabinet positions: Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs, Minister of Trade and Industry, Wildlife and Tourism and Minister of Works, Transport and Communications. As Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs, she negotiated Partnership Agreement with the United States government to start ILEA in Botswana. As Minister of Trade she worked tirelessly to ensure that Botswana qualified for Africa Growth Opportunity Act and signed a Trade Agreement between Botswana and India. Ambassador Seretse was instrumental in establishing both Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority and Local Enterprise Authority. She also introduced the Public Private Partnership model to Government and introduced the Air Botswana Privatization Bill. Ambassador Seretse has been a long time member of the ruling party in Botswana- Botswana Democratic Party. In 2009 she challenged party stalwart, the Hon. Daniel Kwelagobe, for party chairmanship, making her the first woman in Botswana to ever stand for the ruling party chairmanship at the Kanye Congress. Prior to her political career, Ambassador Seretse had an extensive and distinguished career in the private sector as a senior partner at Seretse Attorneys firm and sat in many private sector Boards including the Bank of Botswana, Botswana Life Insurance, Denel in the Republic of South Africa and RPC Data. Ambassador Seretse graduated from Morgan State University with and BA in in Economics and a BA in Accounting. She has received her MA from University of Cincinnati and her LLB law degree from the University of Botswana. Throughout her academic career, she has taught part-time at University of Botswana and University of Cincinnati.