Col. Botsang Tshenyego
Colonel Botsang Tshenyego is currently the BNOC President (2017-2021) after being the BNOC Senior Vice President since July 2009. He chaired the Human Resources Committee, Governance, Risk, Legal and Ethics Board Committee for the last quadrennial (2013-2016), as well as the multi-agency Botswana Long Term Athlete Development (BLTAD) Working Group since its inception in 2010. As youth and an adult he played football, rugby, karate and tennis.
The Colonel is one of the pioneers of the Botswana Tennis Association Umpires Program when Botswana used host senior men and ladies satellite circuits. During this period he was the manager of Botswana Defence Force SSKB Tennis Club. The highlights of his leadership of the tennis association were the development of the organization’s first strategic plan, constitutional review and the first formal financial audits. The goodwill that prevailed at the time allowed for a successful hosting of the 2001 Davis Cup Euro-Africa Group III competition with unprecedented sponsorship from the corporate and the diplomatic corps.
In 2003 he took a break from national sports duties having been appointed the Executive Secretary for the International Military Sports Council (CISM) responsible for Eastern and Southern Africa reporting to the headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. During this period he got exposed to working in a multicultural environment and coordinated many regional projects, many of which were hosting military sports events and meetings.
In 2009 an opportunity arose to serve in the NOC and he embraced it becoming its vice president and later on following a constitutional review, he became the first senior vice president, a position he holds till date. As senior vice president he is responsible for policy and marketing, however, with the growth of the NOC secretariat, most of the duties are now being done by executive staff leaving the board to concentrate on its core duty of governance. Col Tshenyego is very passionate about governance is committed to learning and teaching it as part of his private outreach program. His passion for management and leadership has earned him the support of his colleagues in the board to be appointed one of the two programs directors for the IOC sponsored Advanced Sports Management Course (ASMC). He is also a national course director for Olympic Solidarity sports administration course and a proud product of the same course.
Col. Tshenyego has recently been transferred to Air Command to be an operational commander responsible for the airspace since 2015. Before then, he was the BDF HQ Strategic Commitments Directorate where he was responsible for doctrinal issues after working as Deputy Inspector General between 2010 and 2014, responsible for quality assurance and operational readiness of the force. Prior to that, he has served in various capacities in the Air Arm, for almost two decades.
Col. Tshenyego holds a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and a post graduate risk management certificate. He is an alumnus of the Indian Air Force Academy, the Air Defence College (India), Air University (USA) and the International Air Weapons School (USA) amongst a long history of military aviation training. The Colonel is a life-long learner that is committed to self-empowerment and has successfully pursued training in excellence models, coaching and mentoring, innovation, enterprise risk management, quality management systems and auditing, all of which were part time and privately sponsored. He is an ISO 9001 certified auditor and systems implementer with broad instructional experience in aviation and sports to include program director for ASMC.
Tshepo G. Sitale
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Mr. Tshepo Sitale is a Town Planner by Profession and a Sports and Youth volunteer, his qualifications includes Bachelor of Science in Town and Regional Planning from University of Botswana and is currently reading for Masters in Development Planning. He is also a qualified Project management with Prince2® Practitioner certification and holds various certificates in Sports management.
Prior being a Board Member, Sitale was the President of Botswana Chess Federation from 1998 till 2013. During that time he was involved in various Non-Executive Committees of the Sports Council and has retained being a Member of the Fundraising Committee under the Botswana Sports Trust Foundation, as well as being part of the Empowerment Committee that has been mandated to review NF’s Affiliates Empowerment Policy.
In 2011, Sitale was a Chess convener during the 9th All Africa Games in Maputo and was in May, 2014 Chef de Mission for team Botswana during the 2nd All Africa Youth Games.
Internationally, Mr Sitale is an Executive Board member of FIDE (International Chess Federation) for the period 2014-2018.
Mr Sitale was recognized and awarded the 2012 Sports Administrator of the Year by BNSC and has recently being nominated for the Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) awards under Sports Leadership and was also recognized among the 2014 ‘top 30’ youth leaders in Botswana by BNYC and Junior Chamber International (JCI). Mr Sitale is part of the Executive Board that oversees Policy and Implementation of BNOC mandated on behalf of the NF’s.
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
Board Member Moroka brings to the Board his business acumen as well as financial background. He is a long time sport administrator whose highlights include serving for many years as President of Botswana Boxing Association international structures.
Mr. Moroka is Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC) and a Member of the Marketing and Communications Committee and the Headquarters Task Team Project.
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
Boineelo Abigail Hardy is 39 year old Motswana woman who was born and raised in Lobatse, Botswana. Her work spreads extensively across media and sports. Ms Hardy is a former National Team Captain for the Botswana women’s basketball team. She has been a sport volunteer for over 16 years, currently serving President of the Botswana Basketball Association, Second VicePresident of the Botswana National Olympic Committee, and also a Board Member of FIBA Africa, among others.
On the media end, Ms Hardy has worked as a broadcaster for over 14 years, with firm roots in news and a love for current affairs. Her extensive experience in on-air interviewing, debate and discussion has positioned Ms. Hardy as a leading advocate for youth and sport in Botswana.
Ms Hardy is passionate about issues concerning youth, which she addresses through her work in media and sport. She is an innovative and passionate leader who is eager to learn, engage and carve a strong future for Botswana.
Yarona Kopano Sharp
Ms. Yarona Kopano Sharp, a Botswana national, is an Attorney by profession; having attained her Law Degree from the Oliver Schreiner School of Law at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ms Sharp started her career as a Legal Intern at the Botswana’s Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry (MITI) where her work included, but not limited to; International Trade Law, negotiation, contract drafting, and rendering of legal opinion.
From MITI, Ms. Sharp joined Botswana’s Administration of Justice as a Trainee Magistrate.
In October 2011, she became part of the vibrant team under the employ of the Attorney General as a Civil Litigator, where she handled matters of national importance and played a vital role in the development of Botswana's jurisprudence.
In August 2017 Ms Sharp joined the formidable Botswana Post Legal Unit where she is currently serving as the organisation’s Legal Services Manager. At the age of 16, Ms Sharp was selected to the under 18 Basketball National team and subsequently became a member of the under 20 and Senior National teams where she represented Botswana in regional competitions. During her time at Wits University, she was a member of the Basketball first team.
On the 7th October 2017 Ms. Sharp joined the BNOC as an ordinary member of the Board, where she has recently been appointed to serve as a Member in the Human Resources (HR) and Remuneration and the Governance, Risk, Legal & Ethics Board Committees, respectively.
In her spare time, Ms. Sharp focuses on her ongoing studies for her Masters of Environmental Law and Practice with the University of De Mont fort in Leicester, United Kingdom.
Ms Unaswi Matebu joins the BNOC after serving diligently in Botswana sport over the last fifteen (15) years. A hydrogeologist by training, Ms. Matebu holds extensive additional qualifications in sport and sport management including an International Executive Masters in Sport Organizations Management, a Diploma in Management of Olympic Sport Organisations, Women Sports Leadership Academy certificate and a Certificate in Sports Administrators amongst other accolades. Ms Matebu boasts an extensive portfolio honed in sports administration from club and national level before graduating to international level. Her international sporting experience includes holding the position of national Hockey team coach, representing Botswana in delegations to the IWG and Hockey Africa Cup of Nations respectively, as well as being the technical official at the Africa Indoor Championships 2021. A hockey enthusiast, she held the position of Vice president of the Botswana Hockey Association for two (2) years before ascending to the Presidency of the Federation, a position she currently still holds.
A teacher of languages by profession, Ms Segaise is an avid sport administrator with many years of experience in organisation of Games as well as leadership; having amongst others been Chef de Mission to international competitions and also having served on the Board of the Botswana Integrated Sports Association. At her school, she is responsible for sport.
Ms Segaise chairs the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) Committee and is also a member of the Local Organising Committee and the Tender and Procurement Committee.
Mr. Oteng is a qualified Information Technology graduate who up until not so long ago was a national athlete that represented Botswana at the highest level.
Most recently, he has been both a national Team Coach and a Member of the Athletes Commission; by virtue of which position he serves on the Board.
Botho K. Bayendi
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Ms. Botho Kebabonye Bayendi is a seasoned Leader, with over 19 years work experience, including over a decade service as an Executive in the Botswana Parastatal and Government job market.
Botho, joins the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) from Botswana Investment and Trade Center (BITC) where she was the Executive Director Business Intelligence responsible for Strategy, Research, Risk and compliance and the overall intelligence and competitiveness information for the effective execution of the BITC mandate.
Her development journey includes Executive Leadership Development Programme – University of Oxford, Senior Management Development Programme- University of Stellenbosch Business School and Developing Women in Leadership – University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. She is certified and a member of different professional bodies including Balanced Scorecard - Palladium, Change Management – Prosci ADKAR methodology & Business Transformation and Operational Excellence, Quality Management Systems ISO 9001, Project Management – Prince 2, Monitoring & Evaluation and Corporate Governance
Ms. Bayendi holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Management - University of Derby, BA (Social Sciences), Dip (Statistics) from the University of Botswana. A well-developed, diverse, and continuously evolving leader groomed in several Boardrooms, reporting as a member of the Senior management team, serving as a Board Secretary, and providing performance and governance oversight as a Board Member.
Botho is passionate about Organisational and personal excellence and transformation, having devoted her career to strategy development and effective execution in different Organisations with diverse mandates and cultures including BQA, BHC, CEDA, Office of the President, BNPC, Botswana Prison Service and Central Statistics Office. This diversity groomed a bold leader ready to take any challenge for Business Transformation and Organisational excellence.
Botho has, over her career, dealt with diverse stakeholders inwardly and outwardly, sharing insights and contributing to policy & strategy developments, earning respect from peers, coaching leaders, and creating relationships and willing partnerships to be leveraged for the advancement of her career success and that of the organisation she serves.