Ambassador Petra Pereyra

Head of the European Union Delegation to Botswana and SADC

Ambassador Petra Pereyra represents the European Union vis-à-vis Botswana and the Southern African Development Community. Ms Pereyra is a lawyer by training with fifteen years of experience in EU External Action, having served in various functions, including most recently as Head of Unit for Communications in the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.


Dr. Edwin Gorataone Dikoloti

Minister of Health

Dr. Edwin Gorataone Dikoloti is the current Minister of Health of Botswana. He is also the Member of Parliament for Mmathethe-Molapowabojang. Dr Dikoloti who was first elected to parliament in 2019, was immediately appointed Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security. In 2020, Hon. Dr Dikoloti was appointed Minister of Health.


Prof. David Norries

Vice Chancellor of Botswana University

Prior to joining UB, Professor Norris was Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BUIST), a position he had held since 2016. Before he joined BUIST, he worked for the University of Limpopo (formerly University of the North), South Africa from 2000 to 2016.


Meet our Speakers and Chair

Prof Nakstad
Prof. Britt Nakstad
Professor, Paediatrics & Neonatology
and Head Neonatology of Botswana
Prof. Matthew Chersich
Prof. Matthew Chersich
Wits RHI, South Africa
Prof. Hans Orru
Prof. Hans Orru
University of Tartu
in Finland
Dr. Sari Kovats
Dr. Sari Kovats
Associate Professor at the London
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr. Julian Natukunda
Dr. Julian Natukunda
Global Health and Climate Change
Researcher at the London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr. Vincent Pagiwa
Dr. Vincent Pagiwa
Public Health Research Fellow at the University
of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute
Dr. Neville Sweijd
Dr. Neville Sweijd
Director Alliance for Climate and Earth
Systems Science (ACCESS) at the University of Cape Town
Dr Adugna Woyessa
Dr. Adugna Woyessa
Ethiopian Public Health
Dr. Martin Muchangi
Dr. Martin Muchangi
Director for Population
Health and Environment, Amref
Dr. Sikhulile Moyo
Dr. Sikhulile Moyo
Laboratory Director of the Botswana–
Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership
DR Brama Kone
Dr. Brama Kone
World Health Organization
(WHO/AFRO) in Congo Brazzaville
Mr. Pablo Suarez
Dr. Pablo Suarez
Associate Director of Programs
for Red Cross Red Crescent
Climate Centre
Ambassador Petra Pereyra
MS. Celeste Madondo
Senior Programme Manager: Climate
and Health Wits RHI, South Africa
Gunnell E Sandanger
MS. Gunnell E Sandanger
Senior Communications Advisor
Center for International Climate Research
Dr. Julian Natukunda
MS. Bettina Koelle
Senior Learning Specialist
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Tracy Sonny
Ms. Caroline Muthoni
ENBEL Project Lead
at The Aga Khan University
Ms. Melvine Otieno
Ms. Melvine Otieno
Founder of Planetary Health
Eastern Africa Hub
Ms. Thato Sengwaketse
Environmental Health Expert
at the Ministry of Health in Botswana
Babongile Mhlongo
Ms. Babongile Mhlongo
Director of Environmental Health
and Communicable Diseases at the Kwazulu-Natal
(KZN) Department of Health
Tracy Sonny
MS. Tracy Sonny
National Coordinator of Botswana
Climate Change Network
Mr. Rico Euripidou
Mr. Rico Euripidou
Campaign Coordinator
at Groundwork


Our Partners

This project has recieved funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101003966