His Excellency Mr Festus Mogae, who was President of the Republic of Botswana until 2008, was awarded a Doctorate of the University at Murdoch’s graduation ceremony on 10 September.
In 1999, Mr Mogae was sworn in as the President of Botswana, a position held until 2008.
As President, Mr Mogae ensured Botswana’s continued stability and prosperity through careful management of mineral resources and diversifying the economy to protect the region’s natural resources and environment.
One of his greatest achievements is his fight against HIV/Aids in Botswana, a country where nearly 25 per cent of all adults are infected with the disease.
Under Mr Mogae’s strong leadership, Botswana introduced one of the most comprehensive and effective HIV treatment programs in Africa. Transmission of HIV from infected mothers to their newborn babies has been brought down to just four per cent.
Mr Mogae is currently Special Envoy to the UN Secretary General on Climate Change, alternate governor for the International Monetary Fund, and Member of the Global Coalition for Africa.