Alumnus believes in being an ambassador for the NWU brand
North-West University (NWU) alumnus and former Student Representative Council president Mr Mpho Mfolwe is living the NWU brand through his key diplomatic role in his country, Botswana.
Mpho sees his career – wherever he is deployed – as an opportunity to fly the NWU flag high.
“I obtained both my qualifications in international relations from the NWU. This has laid a good foundation towards me championing my country’s diplomatic mission.
“I am greatful for everything that the NWU has contributed to my personal growth and career success. I believe in paying it back and promoting my alma mater wherever I go,” he adds.
Mpho is a career diplomat with extensive knowledge in both the public and diplomatic service of Botswana. He joined the diplomatic service in 2007 and currently holds the position of counsellor.
His current portfolio includes the administration of diplomatic privileges and immunities for missions accredited to Botswana. He also handles mutual legal assistance, enforcement of foreign maintenance orders and resolution of labour disputes involving locally recruited personnel and diplomatic entities.
He previously had postings in two Botswana diplomatic missions: one in London from 2009 to 2013), and the other in Nairobi from 2013 to 2017.
Prior to his current appointment, he had a wide range of responsibilities including being the leader in promotional and public diplomacy activities and the coordination of foreign policy issues.
Mpho holds a BA in peace studies and international relations, as well as a master’s degree in philosophy (international relations).
He is married and has one son and one daughter, enjoys reading about history and international relations, and watches softball in his leisure time.
Mpho Mfolwe believes in giving back. Here he is with Prof Marilyn Setlalentoa, the deputy vice-chancellor for community engagement and campus operations in Mahikeng during a recent alumni reunion in Botswana.