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Dr Onalenna Seitio-Kgokgwe

Dr Onalenna Seitio-Kgokgwe
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Deputy Permanent Secretary Monitoring-Evaluation & Quality Assurance


Dr. Onalenna Seitio-Kgokgwe is the Deputy Permanent Secretary-Monitoring, Evaluation, and Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Health where she provides leadership in monitoring overall health system performance, and promotion of data use to improve policy decision-making. In her portfolio, Dr. Kgokgwe also leads digitization of the health services and the implementation of the eHealth Strategy. Dr. Kgokgwe has served the Botswana Public Health Sector in various capacities including health practitioner, educator, and leadership development facilitator.

Prior to her role as Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kgokgwe was the Country Director for the Institute of Development Management, a multi-country parastatal institution with campuses in Botswana, Lesotho, and Eswatini. In this capacity, she led a multidisciplinary team delivering training, education, research, and consultancy in various sectors of the economy. In recognition of her immense contribution to education and the development of human resources in Botswana, Dr. Kgokgwe was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Education by the University of Bolton in the UK. She also received multiple awards in the region and beyond including Africa’s most influential woman by CEO Global (South Africa) and African Woman Leader award by the World HRD Congress and Women Leadership Congress (India).

Dr. Kgokgwe obtained her Master of Nursing Science (Nurse Practitioner) from Johns Hopkins University in the USA, her Master of Public Health majoring in Health Systems Management and Policy from the University of Limpopo, South Africa, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Otago in New Zealand. She is a fellow of the Afya Bora Global Health Leadership program (University of Washington). Dr. Kgokgwe’s research interests are in the areas of health systems performance, health sector reforms, health policy, and services. Dr. Kgokgwe publishes and reviews within the same areas of research interest.

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