Oabona Sepora is the Executive Director and Founder for Friends of Diversity graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from University of Botswana in 2014. Oabona currently studies Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa at the University of Pretoria In addition, he is an alumini for Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) and has over 8 years’ experience in the human rights movement in Botswana and internationally, particularly standing for the rights of LGBTI+ persons rights. Mr Sepora has worked with various NGO(s) is Botswana being LEGABIBO, Ditshwanelo-The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, SRHR Africa Trust, Young African Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA), among others. He has represented LGBTI+ community in international forums such International Aids Conference in the Netherlands, International conference on AIDS and STI in Africa (ICASA) in Harare,Zimbabwe and Abidjan, Ivory Coast, SADC Queer Youth exchange among others. In addition, in 2014, Oabona was hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation in Lilongwe, Malawi and he also done several abstract presentations on sexual reproductive health rights in Nairobi, Kenya and other African countries. In 2018, Oabona was named a global peace ambassador for 2018/2020 by Global Peace Chain Organization.
Philip Tshamekang is a board Chairperson of Friends of Diversity and nurse by profession. He is currently the front runner of the Princess Marina Performance auditing team. As a student, he has worked extensively with the community on issues of Mental Health, HIV and TB. For the past two years, Mr Tshamekang has served as volunteer at Pilot Mathambo Center for Men’s Health. In addition, he continues to tell LGBTI+ stories through his music.
Eric Mophuting is a Bachelor of Media Studies graduate from the University of Botswana. He is the Programs and Communications Officer of Friends of Diversity Organization. Some of the duties with Friends of Diversity in the communications field is to write promotional material and press releases, producing brochures, leaflets as a way of marketing the organization and organizing press briefings and news conferences. As for Program field, he is responsible for project designs, building and maintaining partnerships with other organizations. Mr Mophuting has shown his dedication as a volunteer for Friends of Diversity Organization to ensure that the rights of LGBTI+ in Botswana are not violated through advocacy.
Nthabiseng Ditshweu is a Bachelor of Business Administration student at the University of Botswana. She is the Finance and administrator of the organization. Some of her duties with Friends of Diversity is to do financial reporting, budgeting, procurement and finance and administration. Ms Ditshweu has over 5 years’ experience in the human rights movement in Botswana, particularly standing for the rights of LGBTI+ persons. This is to say she is not new in the field and would give Friends of Diversity Organization support where it is needed.
Leatile Segaetsho is Bachelor of Law student at the University of Botswana and is serving as the Legal Advisor for Friends of Diversity as well as Acting Director for the year 2019. His duties as a legal advisor are to give legal support for the organization where necessary. Mr Segaetsho has proven his dedication as a member of Friends of Diversity by taking on the Director position in the absence of the Executive Director, Oabona Sepora for the year 2019. His duties as the Acting Director is coordinate project designs, financial administration and resource mobilization.
Katlego Leano works as a Trans Focal Person at Friends of Diversity. She coordinates all Trans related advocacy projects. She has over 5 years of experience in trans and intersex movement in Botswana. Katlego coordinates support group for trans persons both in rural and urban areas in Botswana and she mostly uses arts as a form of advocacy.