Speaker, National Assembly of Botswana
Gladys Kokorwe is a Botswana politician who has been the Speaker of the National Assembly since November 2014. She is a member of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).Prior to entering politics, Kokorwe was a senior civil servant. She was elected to the National Assembly at the 1994 general election, and served as an assistant minister in the government of Festus Mogae from 1999 to 2004. She was deputy speaker from 2004 to 2008, and then a minister in Ian Khama’s government from 2008 to 2009, when she left parliament. Kokorwe served as Botswana’s ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2014, and then re-entered politics after the 2014 election, when she was the successful BDP candidate for speaker.
Gladys was named among the Inaugural List of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2019 by Avance Media.