Mr Thabo Prince Thamane

Thabo Prince Thamane is the Chief Executive Officer of Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA), with effect from January 1, 2011. Prior to that, Thamane was responsible for the operations of CEDA as the Deputy CEO (Operations).

In his role as the CEO, Thamane advises the CEDA Board of Directors on all policy matters and takes responsibility for the implementation of CEDA policies and the execution of all strategies and Board resolutions. He ensures the achievement of the strategic objectives and mandate of CEDA through sound management practices. CEDA has continued to progress positively under the stewardship of Mr Thamane. In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) noted CEDA as the Best Performing Parastatal amongst all the MITI parastatals.

Thamane has been with CEDA since 2003 and has progressed over time in different management roles. Amongst his various responsibilities, Thamane was integral in the formation of the CEDA Young Farmers Fund in 2007 where he staffed and trained the team in the department, set up procedures and processes and subsequently appointed to Head the Agribusiness sector in early 2009.

Thamane holds an MBA specialising in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from York St. John University. He is also an alumni of the University of Botswana, London Business School and Wits Business School.

After serving as an EXCO Member of the African Association of Development Financial Institutions (AADFI) for a number of years, Thamane was elected as AADFI’s Chairman during in June 2019. AADFI currently has 82 member institutions and is headquartered in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The Association is a member of the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI) and has observer status at the World Bank. AADFI bestowed CEDA with the Best Performing Development Financial Institution (DFI) in its network for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Further to his appointment at AADFI’s Chairman, Thamane was appointed as Chairman of the World Federation of Development Financial Institutions (WFDFI) in January 2019. He also serves as a board chairperson at The Botswana Society. He has continued to build public confidence and ensure that CEDA becomes even more visible and accessible to Batswana.