Professor Alinah K. Segobye

Chief Executive Officer

Professor Alinah K. Segobye is the Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Human Resource Development Council. She is formerly the Dean of Faculty (Human Sciences) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She previously held the position of Deputy Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa. She held several academic positions including serving as an Extraordinary Professor at North West University, Research Scholar at the African Futures Institute in South Africa, Honorary Professor and academic at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (UNISA) South Africa, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bradford’s Peace Studies Centre where she was a Rotary Peace Scholar.

Other Fellowships include serving as Fulbright Scholar at University of California (Berkeley), visiting scholar at Stanford University and Research Fellow at Cambridge University.  She is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Science for Africa Foundation and also serves on the Board of the Pan African Heritage Museum. Professor Segobye has served as a Board Member of Botswana Post, the Botswana Qualifications Authority among other organisations.

Professor Segobye is an academic with extensive research and teaching experience in the fields of archaeology, culture and heritage management. She started her career at the University of Botswana as a staff development Fellow and rose to the rank of Associate Professor. She has research and consultancy experience in the areas of environmental impact assessment, public health (HIV/AIDS); gender and development. She has contributed extensively to research in African studies. She has served as an expert for the African Union Commission’s Champions for Arts Culture and Heritage panel of experts. Professor Segobye is an active contributor to discourses on cultural heritage restitution, future studies and gender in development.

In the higher education sector, Professor Segobye has contributed to policy development in the science policy nexus arena including the development of STEAM in Southern Africa. She has previously led teams in science communication and evidence-based policy making as a senior executive at the Human Sciences Research Council. Furthermore, she has contributed to research as Editor of several books, authored several essays and book chapters on Africa’s archaeology, heritage and development. Her current research focuses on the Decolonisation of Education with special focus on Africa futures and the role of indigenous knowledge in the development of inclusive knowledge ecosystem.

Professor Segobye holds a Ph.D. from University of Cambridge, Department of Archaeology; Master of Philosophy from University of Cambridge, Department of Archaeology; Bachelor of Business Administration (Humanities) from University of Botswana; Postgraduate Diploma in Education from University of Botswana and Post-Graduate Certificate in African Archaeology from Free University of Brussels. Some of her professional attainments from Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa includes the following courses Managing for Results - Professional Development, Women as Leaders - Professional Development, Leading and Coaching for Superior Results Professional Development, Nexus Leadership Programme - Professional Development.

As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), Professor Segobye will be responsible for providing strategic overall leadership and direction in the provision of policy advice on all matters relating to national human resource development; coordinating and promoting the implementation of the National Human Resource Development Strategy; ensure development of the National and Sector Human Resource Development Plans and planning and advising on tertiary education financing and work place learning. She will be further responsible for leading the organisation and for ensuring that it operates effectively and effectually while delivering on its mandate and strategic goals.

Professor Segobye is a published writer of creative work including poetry and prose. She is an activist in the areas of gender and development and supporting the youth in creative arts and development. She is a member of several non-government organisations and is a keen reader and loves traveling and outdoor activities.