Board of Directors
Leiutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama – Patron
Prior to entering politics, in 1998, Botswana's President, the fourth since independence, had already established a reputation as both an able leader and passionate conservationist. He has received a number of honours and awards including the Presidential Order of Honour, Founder Officer Medal, Duty Code Order and the Distinguished Service Medal. He was awarded the Conservation Award by the African Safari Club of Washington USA in 1991 and the Hotel and Tourism Industry Award in 1996, the Paul Harris Fellow and the Endangered Wildlife Trust Statesman Award in 2001.
Balisi Bonyongo – Chairman
Balisi is the Managing Director of Debswana Diamond Company, the world’s leading rough diamond producer by value. He served as the Chief Operating Officer for Debswana in 2013. He has had an illustrious career with Debswana spanning 21 years during which he has held senior management and executive positions across the company.
“Our wildlife is our heritage and our children look to us to preserve it!”.
Map Ives - Vice Chairman
Map has been a conservationist his whole life, protecting wildlife since the 1970s. He joined Wilderness Safaris in 1992, where he played an instrumental role in the management plan for the Okavango Delta under the auspices of the Ramsar Convention. He is the National Rhino Coordinator and will play a major role in the planning and implementation of a national rhino management strategy.
“I’ve seen so much of the damage done, and want to be part of a movement that actually gets in and does something about it”.
Tshekedi Khama II
Tshekedi Khama has been the Honorable Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism since 2012 where his passion and drive has transformed the ministry. Under his leadership the Okavango Delta was named the planet’s 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site, Botswana was voted Lonely Planet’s Destination of the Year in 2016 and is today recognised as one of the leading country’s in conservation and human-wildlife coexistence. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Serowe West in 2008.
Mike Chase has been studying the ecology of elephants in Botswana for nearly 15 years, and was the first Motswana to read for a doctorate specifically in elephant ecology. He is the founder and director of Elephants Without Borders. He has recently published the Great Elephant Census of which he was the principle researcher and author.
"I am honoured to help advance Botswana’s conservation legacy through TLK Trust. I joined Tlk because the Trust signifies the values which make Batswana proud of our natural heritage and aims to assure this inheritance is sustained for future generations."
Keith started his career as a guide in Zimbabwe and has been in the safari industry since 1980s, working throughout Southern Africa. Keith has been involved with the Wilderness Group since 1993 of which he is CEO.
“I believe that the Trust would be able to transcend boundaries for the ultimate benefit of conservation in our country, therefore making our abilities to get things done, achievable”.
Leina became the first Motswana Managing Director to be appointed to Stanbic Bank in 2008. Prior to his appointment he was the Managing Director of Stanbic Investment Management Services between 2003- 2007. Gabaarane championed a call for the development of a savings culture among Batswana and helped develop and launch unit trusts as alternative savings vehicles for Batswana.
"Our environment is our heritage, which is under constant threat of human development and requires personal sacrifices to protect it, and serving through the Tlhokomela Trust is just one of many ways".
Michelle has been part of & Beyond, a luxury travel company operating 4 lodges and a mobile safari division in Botswana since 1998. Over the last 6 years, she has contributed towards the success of the region by creating harmonious relationships with Government and other key stakeholders, including rhino relocation programs.
"I am a trustee in the hopes of making a positive contribution to the future of Botswana through sustainable conservation".
Jillian, following her return to Botswana in 2011 has worked in the tourism industry, joining Botswana Tourism Organisation in 2014 and becoming Executive Director for Marketing in 2016. She has been part of the implementation of tourism diversification strategies that look to develop tourism product diversification and promote the country globally.
“The privilege of living with free roaming, naturally safe wildlife cannot be reserved for this generation only, we need to individually act as part of a greater whole today to ensure that this continues forever”.