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Tom Alweendo

Minister of Mines & Energy, Namibia
Tom Alweendo

Tom Alweendo

Minister of Mines & Energy, Namibia

"Climate change is for real and it needs global attention because not one country, big or small, can deal with it. Therefore, Namibia’s contribution to climate change lies in the usage of our abundant solar and wind energy sources – hence our green hydrogen program. In this respect, we will need global partnership in various aspects such as market access, setting of standards, R&D, funding de-risking, etc."

An economist at heart, Hon. Tom Alweendo, is the Minister of Mines and Energy in the Republic of Namibia. Prior to his appointment, Alweendo was the Director General of the National Planning Commission and the first Namibian to serve as Governor of the Central Bank when he was appointed by Namibia’s Founding President Sam Nujoma. The Ministry of Mines and Energy is the State’s lead agency in attracting private investment in resources exploration and development through the provision of geoscientific information on minerals and energy resources, and management of an equitable and secure titles systems for the mining, petroleum and geothermal industries. As the Minister of Mines and Energy, he seeks to provides access to Namibia’s geological, mineral and energy resources for sustainable economic growth, equal benefit and prosperity to all Namibian citizens. Alweendo is a firm believer that with ordinary talent, combined with extraordinary perseverance and buttressed by meritocracy, all things are achievable. An avid reader and knowledge seeker, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

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