Our Patron

Born: 3 August 1941

Public Appointments

2012 to date Office of Prime Minister

2008 to 2012 Minister of Trade and Industry

2007 to 2008 Chief Whip of SWAPO Party (National Assembly)

2005 to date Vice President of South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO)

2004 Member of the International Board of Governors of the Centre for International

Governance Innovation (CIGI) of Canada

2003 - 2004 Executive Secretary of the Global Coalition in Washington, DC

1990 - 2002 (First) Prime Minister of the Republic Namibia

1998 Chairman of the 14th Meeting of Experts on the United Nations Programme in Public

Administration and Finance

1989 SWAPO Party’s Director of Elections

1990 Chairman of the Constituent Assembly of the Republic of Namibia

1975 - 1989 Director of the United Nations Institute for Namibia (UNIN)

1971 - 1975 Political Affairs Officer, UN Secretariat

1964 - 1971 SWAPO Representative at the United Nations & the Americas

1963 - 1964 Assistant SWAPO Representative in Botswana


2004 University of Leeds (Ph.D.)

1971 - 1974 Graduate Faculty of the New School, New York (MA in International Relations)

1964 - 1970 Fordham University (New York)

1958 - 1961 Augustineum Training College

2012 Awarded the Crans Montana Forum’s Prix de la Foundation for Exceptional Leadership

1998 Awarded Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) by the American University of Rome

1997 Awarded LL.D (Doctorate of Laws) Honoris Causa by the University of Namibia

1995 Awarded LL.D (Doctorate of Laws) Honoris Causa by the University of Delhi, India

1994 Awarded LL.D Honoris Causa by Colombia College Illinois, Awarded the Second Highest Order on

Cuba - Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, Awarded the Order of the Sun 1st

Class for Outstanding Political

Leadership by the Namibian Government.

1987 Awarded Ongulumbashe Medal (SWAPO) for Bravery and Long Service

1980 Awarded the Palmes Academiques (Officer Class) by the French Government in Recognition of Valuable Service in Education.


Namibia Rugby Players


Janco Venter

Position: Locks
Date of Birth: 19.09.1994
Place of Birth: Windhoek
Weight: 100 kg
Height: 1.95 m
Club: Maties (SA)
Caps: 8
Debut: 08.11.2013

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