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Malebogo Mpugwa joins Anglo America London office

Publishing Date : 16 April, 2018

Author : DAVE BAAITSE

De Beers Global Sightholder Sales (DBGSS) Head of Human Resources Malebogo Mpugwa’s name is synonymous in the corporate world, having made her brand inimitable as the youngest mind leading the pack as a human resource executive.


The high flying Mpugwa will at end of this month jet off to London on a two year international assignment where she will start her new job with Anglo America. A force to reckon with, Mpugwa is a professional astute and delivery focused human resources executive and business leader with strengths in leading large scale organisational change.


The nomadic Mpugwa has proven skills in co- creating business focused talent acquisition, development and development strategies that balance global requirements with local dynamics. She is successful in developing employee engagement strategies that have resulted in reduction of front line staff attribution by over 10%.


A rare gem, Mpugwa has the impeccable ability to build strategic networks and partnerships with key stakeholders such as Trade Unions, Government and Learning Institutions to create sustainable win- win outcomes in human capability development. She has exceptional drive and passion with a reliable track record of aggressive goal- setting, work planning and delivery. Mpugwa has previously held positions as Group Organisational Design and Talent Manager; Head of Employee Relations and Head of Human Resources for Debswana Diamond Company.


Her memorable milestones cannot be complete without highlighting her stint with Standard Chartered Bank Botswana as a Regional Head of Human Resources for retail Banking supporting Southern Africa, tasked with increasing employee engagement and reducing frontline staff attribution by 10%. That knack for talent retention and management propelled her to attain insignificant staff attrition at Debswana Diamond Company when she was the group Organisational Design and Talent Manager.


Although a graduate of the University of Botswana; Emerging Leaders Programme at the London Business School and holding multitudes of esteemed leadership courses, she has managed to employ her attitude and not certificates to build her partnerships with labour unions; catalyzed a high performance culture and inspired 80 expatriate families from London to call Botswana home.


Mpugwa was involved in the formulation of a Public Private Partnerships (PPP) model with the Ministry of Education and Skills Development which focused on healing, rehabilitation, skills development and character building, self-confidence and self- reliance of marginalized communities in Botswana. Her attitude also qualified her as a fit and proper candidate for board membership for Botswana Fibre Networks; De Beers Global Sightholder Sales; Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) and Liberty Life Botswana where she currently serves.


Further, she has delivered papers at revered, regional and international on strategic talent management; future world of work; and innovative talent sourcing amongst a myriad of other presentations. Mpugwa is a family woman and is married to Puma Energy Botswana boss Mahube Mpugwa with whom she has two children, Mahube Jnr and daughter Mbali who are both at a boarding school in South Africa.


She told WeekendPost that she will not be relocating with the family to London but will keep close contact with them. She continues on her professional journey premised on the faith that “Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shinning qualities beneath a rough exterior, they just need to be discovered.”


The decorated Mpugwa said she owes her success to her mentor and coach who is also her boss Balisi Bonyongo. Another person who has been very instrumental in her flourishing career is Paul Rowley. She said Rowley has given her space to lead and elevate her career. Bruce Cleverly has also played a pivotal role and has been very supportive, she says. She will leave for London at the end of this month.

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