Bogolo Joy Kenewendo Biography
Born In: Motopi Village in the Boteti Area
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo is a Motswana economist and politician who was appointed as the new Cabinet Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in the Cabinet of Botswana on April 4, 2018 by the incoming president, Mokgweetsi Masisi. At the age of 30, she became the youngest minister ever in Botswana's cabinet. At the time of her appointment, she was serving as a Specially Elected Member of Parliament—the position in which she was appointed by former president Ian Khama in October 2016. She has been serving as a trade economist in the Ghanaian Ministry of Trade and Industry since October 2015. For over six years since her college graduation in 2009, she worked as an economist and consultant for the Gaborone-based think tank Econsult Botswana (Pty) Ltd. She was one of the first Botswana Youth Representatives to the United Nations General Assembly. In 2011, she met the US first lady, Michelle Obama, who hosted the Young African Women Leaders’ forum and was inspired to found the Women Leadership and Mentorship Program, Molaya Kgosi, along with a friend.