Miss Botswana 1997

At the tender age of 17, while in high school, Mpule became the youngest woman to be crowned as Miss Botswana. Two years later, in 1999, she won the inaugural Miss Universe Botswana pageant.

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UN Goodwill Ambassador

Mpule was appointed as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2000. In this capacity, she has testified in front of the United States Congress and addressed the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

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Miss Universe 1999

  In 1999 Mpule became the first woman to represent Botswana at the Miss Universe pageant, and she won, becoming the first black African woman to win an international pageant and be crowned Miss Universe.

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Impact Investor

Mpule is co-founder of Project Leverage, a women-led, women-owned agriculture accelerator fund that invests in youth entrepreneurs in Africa. Project Leverage combines finance, technology, innovation and business acumen to unleash agricultural productivity and entrepreneurship.

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Global Leader

Mpule was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum in 2003, joining nearly 500 individuals from business, politics, public interest groups, the media, and the arts and the sciences–including Bill Gates, Michael Dell and

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Development Practitioner

Mpule has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, UN Least Developed Countries Conference, World Food Prize, the World Youth Summit, Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting on African development.

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Philanthropist

In 2012, Mpule and the Institute for Endogenous Development announced the Network of Women Investing in Africa Leadership Program, a Commitment to Action for Africa, during the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.

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Young Global Leader

In 2006, the World Economic Forum selected Mpule to join the Young Global Leaders, a newly formed, unique, multi-stakeholder community. The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community of the world’s most extraordinary leaders who are 40 years old

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Humanitarian

Mpule is the recipient of the Freedom of the City Key to Gaborone—the capital of Botswana. She is patron of the Mpule Kwelagobe Children’s Center—a Center of Excellence for Orphaned Children established by the Government of Botswana and De beers.

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Researcher

As founder and CEO of the Institute for Endogenous Development, Mpule works to strengthen linkages between Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition, Health and Human Development in Africa. She also researches on the nexus of Food, Water, Energy and Climate Change.

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