Mpule Kwelagobe, the Philanthropist

Mpule Kwelagobe, the Philanthropist

Oct 29, 2018, 03:42 PM

In 1999 a teenage Mpule Kwelagobe thrust the beauty of Batswana women into the spotlight when she won the Ms Universe pageant. Her reaction is probably one that's ingrained in the minds of all those who saw it - glee and disbelief swimming in awe.

Mpule had won the Miss Botswana crown at 17, but failed to place for the Miss World finals that year. At the time of her win she was Botswana's first entrant for the Ms Universe pageant, and that may explain why she nearly fainted at her triumph.




Over the years Mpule has grown in leaps and bounds and added more accomplishments to her list of victories. She's gained a very strong name in the Agricultural sector for her work there and diversified her talents and vision over the years. Here's what you need to know about just where she's been and what she's been up to.




Post Miss Universe win, Mpule founded and served as President and CEO of the MPULE Foundation, to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa by improving health systems and encouraging positive behavioural changes to combat HIV/AIDS with regards to marginalized groups.

The Mpule Foundation was officially launched by the late Nelson Mandela in November 2000 and that same year she was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth and HIV/AIDS. 2001 saw the Mpule Foundation being  awarded the Human Health Rights Award.


According to NextEinstein Mpule holds a degree in International Political Economy from Columbia University and sits on the board of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University.  In 2014, she hosted and produced the documentary “The Story of African Agriculture”, which was launched in Abu Dhabi, UAE. during the Declaration of Global Food Security forum.


Mpule is also the co-founder of QuesS Capital LLC, a private equity firmwith investments in financial services, renewable energy and agriculture in Africa and South Asia.  She continues to be actively involved in philanthropic work and is currently married to Abhijoy Gandhi and living in the USA. 





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