Absa Bank Botswana Limited
Category: Inclusive Leader Award
Keabetswe, affectionately known as “KB”, is the Managing Director of Absa Bank Botswana Limited (“Absa”) and is the first Motswana woman to hold this position. She is a seasoned executive with a wealth of banking, technology and leadership experience. She was appointed as the Managing Director of Absa in April 2019 was the Chairperson of the Bankers Association of Botswana until April 2021. She had previously held the position of Head of Core Banking Applications after which she progressed to Head of Technology, overseeing the execution of bank projects, programs and initiatives aimed at ensuring the business operates in a stable environment. She was further promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Absa and has been instrumental in driving various transformational and cost saving initiatives, which contributed towards the overall performance of the Bank. KB has a background in technology, and prior to joining Absa she worked for Falcorp Technologies in South Africa as a consultant for various organizations in the telco and banking industries. She is passionate about not only technology and innovation, but also about education and women empowerment – inspiring Batswana women to take pride in their identity and contribute to society positively. She has a Bachelor of Administration in Information Technology specializing in IT Management, and Business Applications from Tshwane University of Technology and has attended several leadership training programs including Management Development Program at Stellenbosch, and a Chief Operating Officer Excellence Program. She recently completed her Master’s in Business Administration with Mancosa and is currently studying for an Executive Master in Positive Leadership and Transformation with IE University.