ORI Executive Committee

The ORI Executive Committee is the governing body of the Okavango Research Institute. The ORI Executive Committee has the ultimate responsibility for the work and progress of the Institute towards the achievement of its goals. Its membership includes the ORI Director, Deputy Director, and Heads of ORI Units. The Institute Administrator forms the Secretariat of the ORI Executive. The ORI Executive has wide powers to lay down policy, approve ORI programmes and plans, and to establish working procedures governing the organisational life of ORI. It also provides and controls the resources required to support both the academic activities and the physical development and maintenance of at ORI. The ORI executive delegates much of the detailed work to the officers and committees of ORI.

ORI Board

The ORI Board is required to undertake the duties  ascribed  in  the  “Guidelines  for  the Establishment and Implementation of Research Institutes and Research Centres, 2010”. Specifically, at the beginning of each year, the Director ORI will present an annual plan to the Board and at the end of each ye ar will account for the accomplishments.

Principal Officers


The Director manages the Strategic Plan and ensures that steps are taken towards plan implementation. Ensures that there is maximum co-ordination between the Research Programme and Research Services groups, through the two Deputy Directors. Develops international collaborations and funding strategies, chairs IAPRC and Institute Executive, interacts with DVCAA/URC/ORI Board, reviews and approves annual budgets.  The Director links directly with Service Hub personnel, oversees the activities of Planning and Marketing Office, is responsible for staff career and training plans and signs off on all PMS agreements.

Deputy Director 

The Deputy Director manages research development in the Institute. He sources external project funding, oversees proposal writing, develops large international  projects, ensures  reporting  to  funding  agencies  as  per  contract requirements, develops budgets for project proposals, facilitates funding. The Deputy Director undertakes all academic staff assessments for IAPRC, interacts with all academic staff for their PMSs for recommendation to the Director. The Deputy Director interacts with the Planning and Marketing Office for research-policy linkages and may assume the duties of Director in his/her absence.

Institute Administrator

The Institute Administrator (IA) is primarily responsible for advising the Director on all matters affecting the application of the University regulations, policies and practices. This is meant to ensure that ORI complies with university rules and regulations. The IA is also responsible for all the Human Resource issues in the Institute. As such the IA ensures the accurate and maintenance of staff records at ORI including leave, recruitment and appointment, contract renewal dates, staff training and development records and credentials. Finally, the IA is responsible for all the campus services issues such as maintenance of buildings and related infrastructure, equipment and roads in the Institute.  

Development Officer

The Development Officer is primarily responsible for marketing the Institute nationally and globally by (for instance) translating research outputs into policy proposals, frameworks and briefs. The unit will coordinate implementation of research and development/innovation projects.  It will also coordinate interactions with stakeholders e.g.  GoB, communities, private sector etc.  A key responsibility involves providing the Directorate with feedback on strategic indicators and actions for achieving milestones in ORI strategic plan. The unit will also assist the Director in areas of public relations and funding strategies.

Training Coordinator

The Training Coodinator coordinates major external and internal training functions, implements the graduate studies programme, develops and implements the international study abroad and visiting scholar programmes including their integration into existing programmes. This Unit will also be responsible for managing the training site accommodation and maintenance.

Finance Manager

The Finance Manager is primarily responsible for the management of funds received or to be paid by ORI to our suppliers. Presently, ORI received about 30% of the research funding from the University of Botswana. The other 70% of the funds are raised from grants services from donor organizations. The Finance Manager is responsible for the management and disbursement of these funds using University of Botswana.

ORI Directors

  • December 2017 – present
    Prof. Joseph E. Mbaiwa, BA (Environmental Science & History, University of Botswana), MSc (Environmental Science, University of Botswana), PhD (Park, Recreation & Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (University of Botswana), Postgraduate Certificate in Public Sector Project Management (Botswana accountancy College)
  • April 2017 – Dec 2017
    Prof. Ketlatlogile Mosepele, BSc (University of New Mexico), MSc (University of Norway)
  • 2014 2016
    Prof. Willington Masamba, BSc (Chemistry, University of Malawi), BSc (Hon) (University of Malawi) MS (Chemistry, University of Florida, USA), PhD (Chemistry, University of Florida, USA).
  • Dec 2013  May 2014
    Prof Barbara Ntombi Ngwenya, BA + CCE (University of Botswana), MSW (University of Dalhousie, Canada), MA Anthropology (University of Michigan, USA), PhD (University Michigan, USA).
  • 2012 – 2013
    Prof. Susan Ringrose, BA (Hons) (Geography & Geology) (England), MA (Soil Science, Canada), PhD (Geomorphology & Remote Sensing) (England)
  • 1994 – 2012
    Prof Lars Ramberg, PhD (University of Upsalla) (Sweden).

ORI Management Team

  • Prof. J.E. Mbaiwa – Director
  • Prof. K. Mosepele – Deputy Director (Acting)
  • Ms. Kitso Moetedi – Institute Administrator
  • Ms. Josephine Makoba – Finance Manager

In pursuit of academic excellence