Tiny Diswai

Tiny Diswai is the Co-Chairwoman for Africa. Tiny is the former chairman of Freedom Energy Holdings Inc and former Chairman of Sigur Holdings (Pty) Ltd. She is also serves as the Deputy Chief Executive Office for the Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) in Botswana, where she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of and advising Government on privatisation transactions (which includes public services outsourcing, divestiture, corporatisation, commercialisation and PPP projects), public enterprises monitoring and evaluation as well as enforcement of corporate governance practices in public enterprises. She has extensive work experience and is a well-rounded manager. She has experience in various areas including financial management, project implementation and management, procurement, internal audit, general management, lease financing, corporate finance, deal structuring and marketing.

She is a certified Public Private Partnership Specialist and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Botswana, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. She has worked at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning as the Assistant Internal Auditor, rising to the position of Senior Finance Administrator, where she was in charge of setting up the data base for companies registered with the Central Tender Board that certifies contractors and consultants according to their approved disciplines.

It was in 1993 that Ms Diswai joined the Botswana Railways as the Supplies officer in the Tenders and Contracts department. At Botswana Railways, she was part of the team that streamlined the Botswana Railways procurement function. She also set up the Tenders and Contracts section and introduced a Tender Committee for internal lower procurement values to improve the corporate governance processes that relate to internal procurement.

In 1995, Mrs Diswai was engaged by Botswana Development Corporation Limited (BDC) as the Principal Operations Officer in the Corporate Finance and Divestment Division. Here, she was part of the team that conducted the divestiture of companies such as Botswana Tyre Corporation, Stockbroker Botswana and the listing of Sechaba and Kgolo ya sechaba. She was also involved in the BDC investment and set up of companies such as BECI and Metropolitan Botswana. Tiny was involved in the structuring, placing, issuance and listing of the first ever corporate bond to be issued in the Botswana money and capital market. Within the same organization, she was deployed as the IFSC Project coordinator where she was Part of the team that was responsible for the setting up of the Botswana International Financial Services Centre. This project involved facilitation of the drafting of the enabling legislation for the Botswana IFSC and setting up the Botswana IFSC as a corporate body. Mrs Diswai-Moremi was instrumental in the marketing of Botswana as an IFSC destination and saw through the certification of the first thirteen (13) IFSC companies to be registered in Botswana.

In 2002, Tiny joined the Kingdom Group of Companies as the Corporate Affairs Manager and was part of the team that set up Kingdom Botswana (Pty) Ltd, applied and obtained a banking licence for Kingdom Bank Africa Limited. She led the setting up of Kingdom Finance (Pty) Ltd, a leasing, financial intermediary and corporate financial advisory services subsidiary of Kingdom Bank Africa Limited.

Ms Diswai was then brought on board by The Institute of Development of Management as the Country Business Manager in 2005, where she turned the organization from loss making to profitability. Here, Tiny demonstrated her leadership abilities by lead managing the team that achieved ISO 9001-2000 certification for IDM Botswana Campus.

In 2006, she joined Debswana Orapa and Letlhakane Mines as the Business Services Manager, in this position, she Outsourced fourteen (14) business units including retail, catering, laundry, township maintenance, printing services, sewage management, landfill management, refuse collection and security access control.

There-after, she joined PEEPA as the Public Services Outsourcing Manager in April 2009 where she worked on several privatisation and outsourcing projects. She was elevated to the position of Deputy CEO in August 2010.

Tiny is currently chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Millennium Botswana Pension Fund and the Orphans Fund.