Dr David Mmopelwa
Acting Head of Unit; Human and Social Development

Ms Bangwe Siwawa-Moepeng

Finance Manager

Ms Bangwe Siwawa joined BIDPA as Finance Manager

Ms Boitumelo Wadikonyana

Human Resources and Administration Manager

Ms Boitumelo Wadikonyana joined BIDPA as Human Resources Manager on 1 July 2016. She is an experienced HR strategist and generalist with a wide range of human resources management experience spanning over more than 20 years. She was prior to joining BIDPA employed as Head of Human Capital Services at the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana.

Boitumelo gained her experience in a number of organizations including Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Directorate of Public Service Management, Botswana College of Agriculture, and Shell Oil Botswana where she worked in various HR capacities ranging from Senior Human Resources Officer, Human Resource and Administration Manager, Senior Assistant Director, Senior Manager, just to mention but a few.

Boitumelo has a Bachelor of Commerce degree obtained from the University of Botswana, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Thames Valley University in London.

Email : bwadikonyana@bidpa.bw

Ms Winnie Tirelo

Programme Coordinator

Ms Winnie Tepo Tirelo joined BIDPA as a Programme Coordinator. Her roles include heading the Programme Coordination Unit responsible for managing research and capacity building projects, stakeholder engagement, strengthening partnerships and monitoring the BIDPA 2019-2023 strategy. Through the strategy, the Institute aims to; increase the number of evidence-based policies for effective policy-making and management, improve levels of public and stakeholder perceptions on BIDPA’s research quality and increase Non-State Actors participation and Public Officials’ capacity in policy making.
Winnie holds an MSc in Project Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Result Based Project Management: Monitoring and Evaluation. Her areas of expertise include Project Management, Strategy, and Sustainable Development. Prior to joining BIDPA she worked for First National Bank of Botswana Foundation.

Ms Poloko Ntokwane

Knowledge Management and Dissemination Manager

Ms Poloko Ntokwane joins BIDPA as a Knowledge Management and Dissemination Manager from the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) where she worked as a Librarian from 2014 to 2019. She has had an illustrious career as an Information Professional and worked in all the spheres of the profession at public, special, diplomatic, schools, colleges and university libraries. This includes the US Embassy in Gaborone where she worked from 2000 to 2006.


While at the Embassy she received a number of awards which recognized her outstanding performance and dedication towards re-designing and maintaining the Embassy website, Acting Director of the Information Resource Centre and for going an extra mile in managing the press filing Centre during President’s G.W. Bush’s historic visit to Botswana.


She holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science, Diploma in the same field and Diploma in School of Ministry and Biblical Studies. She has also attended several professional workshops and skills enhancing courses overseas and locally.


She is actively involved in Botswana Library Association and Botswana Library Consortium and served as the publicity chairperson and board secretary respectively. She Poloko also served as the regional representative for Southern Africa for the International Association of Agricultural and Documentation Centers (IAALD).  Her research interests are information and communication technologies, information policies, digital libraries, open access and open data  and the changing role of information professional.

Mr Moemedi Madisa

Information and Communications Manager

Moemedi Madisa is Information Technology Manager at Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, the position he has held since August 2019. Mr Madisa holds MSc in Information Technology Management from University of Sunderland (UK).

He also holds a BSc Computer Science from University of Botswana. Previously, Mr Madisa worked for University of Botswana as Teaching Assistant for Computer Science, User Support Technician and LAN Supervisor for Department of Information Technology.

Dr Pinkie Kebakile

Acting Head of Unit; Trade, Industry and Private Sector Development

Dr Pinkie Kebakile is a Research Fellow at BIDPA, working under the Trade, Industry and Private Sector Development Unit. She holds a PhD in Economics, specialising in international trade, from University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Dynamics of Firm-level Export Diversification in Botswana”. The thesis specifically focusses on trading firms in Botswana, in relation to their export diversification behaviour. Dr Kebakile has vast experience in consultancy work and her previous record as a team member is that of a dedicated and time conscious consultant. She has done well in a number of research and consultancy projects at BIDPA which include, inter alia, “Review of the Small, Medium and Large Enterprises Database”, which was initiated by the Local Enterprise Authority; “Consultancy on the Viability and Long Term Development Strategy for the Livestock (Beef) Sub-Sector in Botswana” for the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning; “The Competitiveness of the Botswana’s Beef Industry”, which resulted in a journal publication; “The Feasibility of Mandatory Fortification of Cereals in Botswana” for the University of Botswana; “A National Trade Policy for Botswana: Zero Draft and Consultations” for Ministry of Trade and Industry; and the “Review of the Existing Welfare Monitoring and Evaluation Systems in Botswana” for the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. Dr Kebakile’s experience with consultancy work also includes providing technical advice on trade policy and market access issues through her membership in the following committees; Technical Committee on Market Access; Committee on Empowerment of Women in Trade; Committee on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI); as well as member of the Industrial Development Forum.

Dr Molefe Phirinyane

Acting Head of Unit; Governance and Administration

Molefe has extensive research and consultancy experience. He joined BIDPA in 1999 and has conducted a number of studies for various clients ranging from the Botswana Government to international development partners. He has also authored book chapters and was the lead researcher as well as being the lead researcher in a project whose findings were published as a book entitled “The State of Governance in Botswana”. Molefe’s research interests range from public policy, governance, local government and human resource management. Some of the notable projects that Molefe has undertaken and/or participated in include:

Analysis of Performance Management in the Local Authorities of Botswana (AusAID funded); Review of the Rural Development Policy; Strengthening of HATAB’s organisational and Operational Structures (EU funded); Politics and Good Governance: Realities and Experiences; Budget Transparency and Participation II: The Botswana Case Study; The State of Governance in Botswana (UNECA funded); International Republican Institute’s Rising Stars Project; Review of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology; as well as having conducted and presented in numerous workshops and seminars for public officers in Botswana.

Email : mphirinyane@bidpa.bw

Tel : +267-397150

Dr David Mmopelwa

Acting Head of Unit; Human and Social Development