Category Archives: Executive Namibia

Efforts of more than 30 corporate governance leaders and experts chosen from a broad and deep experience base illustrate many observations about the nature of essential leadership in Namibia.

Interestingly, our answers in this book are linked and require personal accounts and experiences which has been academic and entrepreneurial. We do not think the experience of us as leaders is exceptional but it is exemplary. Our experience is just ordinary but should be learnt from.

In the face of our variety of experience, we were at first surprised and then gratified to find a set of strong common themes in how we behave towards impact and change. These themes form the backbone of this book and are important for organisational leadership touching on several topics in the interdisciplinary area of corporate governance

Executive Namibia will guide the nation, the decision makers and scholars on the state of corporate governance.

Holding Fort

Emma Kantema-Gaomas: Social Security Commission, Acting Executive Officer


Editor’s Note:

If you were to ask CEOs what key ingredient drives the success of their business, many would state their culture. Leaders clearly understand, nurture and propagate the cultural blend within their firms, thus creating a deep-rooted philosophy within the company’s DNA. For Emma Kantema-Gaomas, the culture is what it is, it has evolved, morphed through previous leadership generations, while some other cultures have been derived from an over-adherence to a specific management trend that has run its course or most likely was never intended for that purpose. Continue reading Holding Fort

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From Innovation to Invention

Heroldt Murangi: Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL),  Director



Heroldt Vekaama Murangi currently holds the position of Director at the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) since 2007.  He is a teacher by profession from 1992 to 1997, He worked in the Ministry of Education as Inspector for Continuing and Distance Education Programmes in the country’s various political regions.  He started working for NAMCOL since 1998 in various capacities, first as Regional Manager and later as Deputy Director before being appointed as Director in 2007.  Murangi completed his Higher Education Diploma and B.Ed. Honours at the University of Namibia, M.Ed. in Adult Education at the University of Massachusetts, USA.  Currently, he is a scholar at the University of Pretoria pursuing a PhD in Education. Continue reading From Innovation to Invention

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Professor Lazarus Hangula: Vice Chancellor, UNAM



Lazarus Hangula, DPhil, MA, is vice chancellor for the University of Namibia, a post he has held since 2004. Prior to this post, he served as the pro vice-chancellor for academic affairs and research, as a council member, and as vice-chairperson of the Senate of the University of Namibia. His other appointments include serving as a member of the National Council for Higher Education and as an ex-officio member of

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Sam Shivute: Board Chairman, National Housing Enterprises (NHE).


PROFILE: Sam Shivute is the Director of Banking Services at Bank of Namibia. He was seconded to serve as Commissioner of Inland Revenue Department, Ministry of Finance from April 2013 to October 2014. Sam is a multi-skilled professional with expertise in banking services, currency management, taxation, security management, project management, investigation, legal (law), motivational and public speaking. Sam is Candidate Attorney. Today, he serves in various positions, Chairman of the Board at NHE, Chairman of Unam Council, Deputy President of Professional Speakers Association of Namibia, Trustee of Bank of Namibia Provident Fund, Director: Banking Services at Bank of Namibia and Founder of Sam Shivute Inspiration. Continue reading UNLIMITED

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Rosalia Martins-Hausiku: Chief Executive Officer, Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund


PROFILE:  Martins-Hausiku joined the MVA Fund in October 2004 as a Corporate Relations Officer. In October 2006 she was appointed as Manager: Corporate Affairs, a position she held until March 2007 when she was promoted to Chief: Corporate Affairs responsible for Corporate Communications, Public Education and Accident and Injury Prevention. In September 2010, she was appointed as the Chief Operations Officer responsible for core business. Martins-Hausiku holds a Master in Business Leadership from the UNISA School of Business Leadership, South Africa; a Master of Arts degree in Culture, Communication and Media Studies from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa; a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies (BAMS) from the University of Namibia (UNAM).  She also holds a Certificate in Finance and Accounting from Wits Business School, South Africa, and a certificate in Management Excellence from Rhodes University.  Continue reading

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David Namwandi: Academic, Entrepreneur & Politician



David Namwandi served as the Minister of Education from 2013 to 2015. He previously served as Deputy Minister of Education from 2010 to 2013. He is a member of SWAPO, Namibia’s ruling party Central Committee. He holds various professional and academic qualifications from Africa, Europe and Asia including an MBA, a Doctoral Award and a PhD in Business Administration from Asia-e-University of Malaysia (AeU). Prior to his appointment as Minister, he served as a chairperson and a board member of more than 12 companies and Institutions, e.g. Trustco Group International Holdings Ltd a listed company on Namibian stock Exchange (NSE) and on Africa board of Johannesburg Stock Exchange(JSE). Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA). National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) as a Chairperson of Accreditation and Quality Assurance Committee. Vice Chancellors and Rectors Forum (VCRF) as its first Vice Chairperson. He is the owner and current Group Chairman of Onambambi Holdings (Pty) Ltd Namibia, which has subsidiary companies venturing into transport, properties, investments, fishing, hospitality and farming. He is a recipient of an International Award for outstanding contribution to Education from Central Bank of India, 2012. He is a recipient of an International B-School Leadership in Educational Excellence Award from Le Matinal, Mauritius, 2011 He was awarded the Education Leadership Award at the World Marketing Summit in 2013, Malaysia. On the 25th July 2015 he was honoured by CIMA with LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD during the World Education Congress in India. Continue reading Collective

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Shihaleni Ndjaba: Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC), Chief Executive Officer



Shihaleni started his career way back in 1991 as a Deputy Director and eventually Director of Operations in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Namibia, where he spent 8 years.

His main role was to contribute to the proper management and sustainable development of Namibia’s marine resources, which, among others, included allocation of rights of exploitation of such resources. He specifically put in place policies related to fisheries protection and training programs for staff. Continue reading

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Cultivating Growth

Foibe Namene: Electricity Control Board, Chief Executive Officer


The Electricity Control Board [ECB] is doing all it can to help increase electricity generation in Namibia. For the uninitiated, one of the ECBís key responsibilities is to create competition in generation by establishing policies, procedures and regulations that enables investors, especially private investors, to enter the Namibian electricity industry. Continue reading Cultivating Growth

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