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Board Committees


Board Committees

The Board has appointed three (3) committees to assist in executing the Authority’s mandate. The Committees established by the Board operate on the basis of their terms of reference which set out their responsibilities.

The Committees include the Technical and Non-Technical Committees. Over the period under review the Authority established the Governance and Nominations Committee to strengthen corporate governance and its implementation within the Authority. The Authority is further in the process of establishing the Licensing Committee for oversight over the Licensing and Inspections Function. The Committees of the Board are as set out below:

Registration Committee

Pharmacovigilance Advisory Committee

Licensing Committee

  • Accounting practices, financial controls, and reporting systems of the Authority.
  • Budgeting, budgetary control systems, and auditing processes of the Authority.
  • Authority’s enterprise-wide risk management, risk management, and risk avoidance measures.
  • Economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the Authority’s Information Technology.
  • Reviewing and recommending the Human Resources Strategy to the Board.
  • Reviewing and reporting annually to the Board on the Authority’s succession planning for critical positions.
  • Reviewing and recommending for approval, the CEO’s recommendations for appointment of Executive Management.
  • Reviewing and recommending, the organizational structure changes.
  • Recommending the CEO’s performance objectives for approval by the Board.
  • Corporate governance practices, principles, guidelines, and related policies of the Board.
  • Nominations of candidates for appointment to the Board and Committees.
  • Composition, development, and evaluation of the Board and Committees.
  • Matters relating to integrity and ethics.
  • Shareholder agreement and other shareholder requirements.
  • The Authority’s corporate social responsibility program.
  • Technical advisory on governance matters emanating from other Committees.
  • Ensuring that registered medical products meet the provisions of the MRSA, Regulations, Guidelines, Policies, Standards, the set conditions, and requirements for registration.
  • Considering and advising the Authority on the registration of medicines that meet the set standards.
  • Rejection of applications, suspension, or removal from the Register of any medicines in accordance with the Act, Regulations, Policies, and Standards.
  • Review of the registration fees and recommendation to the Board for endorsement and approval by the Minister.
  • Guiding the Authority on pharmacovigilance functions and conduct of clinical trials.
  • Review and approval of clinical trial applications and protocols
  • Making decisions on risk-benefit assessments of the medicines registered in Botswana based on the quality, safety, and efficacy of the medicines.
  • Making recommendations to the Registration Committee on safety and efficacy pre and post-marketing authorization.
  • Making recommendations on risk minimisation measures to the Marketing Authorization holders and health programs.
  • Reviewing promotional and advertising materials for its content and presentation.
  • Reviewing and recommending policies, procedures, and standards for licensing purposes.
  • Approving guidelines, procedures, and inspection programs for both local and external inspections.
  • Approving criteria for enforcement actions to be adopted by the Authority for matters that need not be prosecuted through the courts.
  • Reviewing of the licensing fees for recommendation to the Board.
  • Reviewing decisions by the Licensing and Enforcement Department.

Ms. Elizabeth Kelentse

Ms. Kelentse is the Pharmaceutical Care Improvement Specialist at the Botswana-University of Maryland School of Medicine Health Initiative.

She is an enthusiastic and hardworking Pharmacist who brings vast experience to the Board. Her career spans over 12 years from clinical pharmacy to community pharmacy, medicines regulatory experience in the evaluation of clinical trials protocols, and pharmacovigilance: health care management and public health programming.

She has served on the executive committees of the Pharmaceutical Society of Botswana, Botswana Health Professions Council, Young African Leaders Initiative Alumni as well as the National Adverse Events Following Immunisation.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) University of West Indies St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago.

Ms. Matshediso Matome

Ms. Matshediso Matome is a Faculty of Health Sciences lecturer at the University of Botswana. She is a seasoned academic who brings to the Board vast experience in the areas of research, health risk management, and delivery of innovative, quality, and cost- effective healthcare solutions for the public and private sectors.

Ms. Matome has previously served in various leadership and senior management positions, including Claims Manager and Head of Managed Care at the Associated Fund Administrators.

She holds a Master’s degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from, the State University of New York Buffalo, NY, USA, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy, from Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany, USA

Dr Kobedi Segale

Dr. Segale is the Registrar of the Veterinary Surgeons Council. He is a passionate veterinary surgeon with intimate experience in the regulation of the veterinary profession. He has previously served as Deputy Director – Disease Control Division, in the Department of Veterinary Services, responsible for national animal health strategies, programs, and legislation. Dr. Segale brings to the Board a wealth of experience in monitoring and evaluating animal health programs veterinary public health, import and export controls, and animal traceability.

He holds a Master of Science in Tropical Animal Health, from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerpen, Belgium, and a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University College of Dublin, Ireland.

Ms. Mmama Mhlanga – Fichani

Ms. Mhlanga – Fichani is the Vice President, Human Resources and Communications, at Khoemacau Copper Mining. She is a human resources professional with an illustrious career, spanning over15 years in senior management positions. She has held senior leadership positions in diverse industries including, Director of Human Resources at Air Botswana and the Country Head of Human Resources at Standard Chartered Bank Botswana, Head of Human Resources at Be Mobile, Human Resources Manager at African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnership and Human Resource Manager at Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority, respectively.

She brings to the Board vast experience in human resources and communication, organisational effectiveness, employee relations, and change management.

Ms. Mhlanga – Fichani holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Workforce Development from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management Human Resources Management, and Marketing Management, from Fairmont College, West Virginia USA, and a Degree of Associate of Science in Business Science- Human Resources Management, September, Calhoun State Community College, Decatur, Alabama, USA.

Mr. Modisa Kebonyemodisa

Mr. Kebonyemodisa is a Partner at Kebonyemodisa Law Office, he is admitted attorney of the High Court of Botswana. Before venturing into private practice, he worked as a Senior Prosecution Counsel at the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

Mr. Kebonyemodisa is an accomplished legal advisor with over 15 years of experience providing legal counsel to businesses of all sizes. He brings to the Board vast experience in legal practice, corporate law, and extensive knowledge in the legal profession.

He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from, the University of Botswana and Trial Advocacy, Justice Advocacy Training (NITA) (Botswana)

Ms. Tiny Ralefala

Ms. Ralefala is a finance professional with a proven record of leadership, corporate governance, and risk management.

Her impressive professional track record spans over 26 years in finance, audit and accounting in reputable institutions as well as in civil service.

She previously worked as the Chief Finance Officer for Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency. Prior to her joining Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency she worked as the Finance Manager at the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund.

As a Chartered Financial Accountant, Ms. Ralefala brings to the Board a wealth of experience accustomed to managing projects in finance, audit and risk. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Botswana. Ms. Ralefala is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Accountants and the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is the current Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants Practice Review Committee Chairperson.

Dr. Lorato Mangadi-Mokama

 Dr. Lorato Mangadi- Mokama is the  Head of Operations at the Botswana Public Officers Medical Aid Scheme.
She has previously held other  leadership roles within the private healthcare industry, including Chief Operations Officer at the Botswana Medical Aid Society and Managing Director at MRI Botswana Limited. Prior to that, she practiced as a medical doctor in the public health sectors of Australia and Botswana.

Healthcare administrator and funding expert, with her extensive background in the private healthcare industry, she brings to BoMRA a wealth of experience and knowledge in business management and leadership.

She holds a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Botswana.

She also has various leadership and professional certifications including Executive Leadership Program from Wits Business School and Healthcare Economics from Harvard Business School

Dr. Kegomoditswe Biki Maphane

Dr Kegomoditswe Biki Maphane is the Senior Manager – Safety and Sustainability Development at Debswana Diamond Company, Jwaneng Mine. He is a specialist in Occupational Medicine, Safety & Sustainable Development.

He has held various positions within the Debswana mines, including the Jwaneng Mine Hospital superintendent, and rose to executive leadership.

Dr Maphane provides leadership to the BoMRA Board and oversees the governance and strategic direction of the Authority. He holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences, and Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne, Australia