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THE BOARD

SARA SULLIVAN
   Chair

Dr. Sullivan is a seasoned international development expert with twenty years of experience in strategic communications and program management for Harvard Law School, USAID, the United States Embassy in Botswana, and others. As founder and director of global consulting firm Koko Consulting, she brings her expertise to the work of capacity building, advisory services, and strategic outsourcing for local and non-traditional partners.

VIKASH PONANGI
   Vice-Chair

Mr. Ponangi has been at the forefront of Publ-Private sector dialogue in Botswana after being one of the youngest members at the leadership at board level of various organisations such as Business Botswana, India Botswana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) and the American Business Council.

ASWIN VAIDYANATHAN
  
Treasurer

Aswin in his role as treasurer of ABC is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the organisation and managing its statutory requirements. He is a member of the Policy Board of Grant Thornton in Botswana and head of the Audit assurance division and a partner with more than 22 years’ experience in advising dynamic companies and their stakeholders

PINKIE TAU
  
Secretary

An innovative business leader with international development experience driving government and private sector relations by leveraging marking management to building robust business development partnerships and platform.

DAVID CHAIT

David Chait is currently the General Manager of Coca-Cola Beverages Botswana, responsible for the strategic direction and operational performance of the business. A qualified Chartered Accountant, he has accumulated 18 years of experience in the Coca-Cola system across various African markets.

  MUKESH CHAUHAN

Mukesh Chauhan is a prominent businessman in the Botswana ICT industry and has been involved in pioneering and leading ICT companies like AppleCentre, PC Centre, Paradigm Technologies, Media Magic, and currently ITi and OPQ Net.

GOITSEONE MONTSHO
  BRIAN SMYSER

Brian Smyser is the Economic and Commercial Officer at the Embassy of the United States of America in Gaborone, Botswana, where he leads on issues concerning U.S.-Botswana economic relations, clean energy, the diamond sector, and mining. Brian also leads U.S.-Botswana trade and commercial advisory services on behalf of the Embassy. Brian previously worked at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.

GEORGIA DUERST-LAHTI

Georgia Duerst-Lahti, Ph.D. is Co-founder and CEO of DLG Naturals BW and several related companies. In her prior life, Dr. Georgia was a professor, researcher, and authored dozens of publications, specializing in gender and politics. She has served as chairperson of the American Business Council of Botswana since 2021.



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