Boshwaen new President of IASP Africa Division
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH)’s Chief Executive Officer Alan Boshwaen is the new President of the IASP Africa division network. His recent ascent to this august post follows the recent International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP), Africa Division Conference held in Abuja, Nigeria. Boshwaen was unanimously elected President of the IASP Africa Division. He takes over from McLean Sibanda, CEO of The Innovation Hub, South Africa who has reached the end of his two year term.
IASP is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation that connects professionals managing science, technology and research parks (STPs) and other areas of innovation and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for its members. The organization strives to enhance the competitiveness of its members and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology.
According to Tigele Mokobi, of BIH, as President of the IASP Africa Division, Boshwaen joins four other Regional Division Presidents who constitute the Executive Board of IASP. The organisations’ other regions are Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. In addition, the IASP Executive Board comprises of President, Jean-François Balducchi from France, Vice President, Josep Miquel Piqué from Spain, Treasurer, McLean Sibanda from South Africa and Director General, Luis Sanz from Spain.
“Botswana Innovation Hub was bestowed full member of IASP at the 31st IASP World Conference in Doha, Qatar in October 2014. The company is state owned with a mandate to develop and operate Botswana’s first Science and Technology Park in which it will promote and facilitate research, development, education and innovation activities and support start-ups and existing companies to grow. Botswana Innovation Hub attracts companies, universities, research institutes and advanced training institutes to establish in the Botswana Innovation Hub Science and Technology Park and also seeks to establish strategic joint ventures and collaborations.”
A statement from Mokobi says “Boshwaen has extensive experience in the Financial Services and Banking sectors having been CEO of the Botswana International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and held senior management positions with Standard Chartered Bank Botswana and Barclays Bank of Botswana. Boshwaen has also previously worked for Debswana (De Beers Botswana) Diamond Mining Company.
Boshwaen holds a BA Honors in Industrial Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town. He is a non-executive Board Member of the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation – a local Telecoms Utility and of Letshego Financial Services – a regional Africa micro finance listed company. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University Of Botswana School Of Business.