Botswana-UPenn Partnership Virtual Symposium

Transformational Partnerships, Health Equity, and Sustainability

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Penn Global Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Botswana-UPenn Partnership University of Botswana Ministry of Health, Republic of Botswana

Thursday, November 04 & Friday, November 05
8:00 am - 12:50 (EST)  | 2:00pm - 6:50 (CAT)

The Botswana - University of Pennsylvania turns 20 years. In order to celebrate, we are holding a 2-day virtual symposium that will both showcase the achievements of the past 20 years and chart a new path into the future.
The overarching theme of the symposium will be transformational partnerships and sustainability. The dates for the symposium are November 4th (a Thursday) and November 5th (a Friday) 2021. The symposium will be held on both days from 8:00 am to 12:50 pm US Eastern time (from 2:00 pm to 6:50 pm Central African time) and will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, and poster presentations (we plan to circulate the agenda in the next 2-3 of weeks).
The virtual poster presentation section will be held on both days from 11:50 am and 12:50 pm US Eastern time (from 5:50 pm to 6:50 pm Central African Time).


The Link to Register can be found here


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Please find below the bios of two of our speakers for the upcoming 20th-year celebration and symposium of the Botswana-Upenn Partnership. You can learn more about our amazing lineup of speakers here


Dr. Edwin Gorataone Dikoloti

Honorable Minister of Health and Wellness of Botswana @Minister of Health and Wellness of Botswana

Dr. Edwin Gorataone Dikoloti, former Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, is a seasoned Agriculturalist in both regulatory and retail, a Veterinary Surgeon by training. He graduated from the University of Queensland (Australia) with Bachelor of Veterinary Science and was further awarded Honors in Veterinary Science. He also attained a Certificate in Risk Management. Prior to joining politics, Dr. Dikoloti was one of the leading consultants in the private sector and played a vital role in the establishment and development of different animal production value chains in Botswana, notably the dairy, beef and poultry sector. He has served on different Boards of Directors and Committees and he is a strong advocate for One Health. Dr. Dikoloti has rich knowledge in strategy development, change management, advocacy and stakeholder management.



Mr. Craig Cloud

United States Ambassador to Botswana @US Embassy to Botswana

Mr. Cloud, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1992. He most recently served as Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to his assignment in Kabul, Mr. Cloud was the Minister Counselor for Management Affairs in New Delhi, India, from 2013 to 2017, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Mbabane, Kingdom of Eswatini, from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Cloud has served the Department of State in senior management and diplomatic security positions at nine embassies in Africa, South America, Europe, and South Asia. He possesses a deep knowledge of South and Central African issues, expertise in HIV/AIDS programming and advocacy, and strong management and security credentials. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and speaks French


Contact Information 

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