About the GDSA Secretariat

The GDSA Secretariat is hosted by non-profit Conservation International, on behalf of the Government of Botswana, and together we are committed to working with the fourteen (14) member countries to move this initiative forward.  A team of experts based in Gaborone provides members with technical and policy support and thereby facilitates a platform for learning, capacity building, promoting national and global dialogues and linkages, identifying partnerships and mobilizing financial resources to achieve these sustainable development goals. 


Ruud Jansen, Executive Secretary

Ruud has worked in the field of nature conservation and sustainable development in Africa for over 30 years. After obtaining his MSc in Social and Economic Geography from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, he moved to Botswana in 1983 where he has worked in various management, research and advisory positions for the Government of Botswana and for such organisations as the Netherlands Development Organisation, the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), IUCN – The World Conservation Union, and the United Nations. Since 2005, he has worked for UNDP Botswana as Chief Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism and the Office of the President. He joined Conservation International in October 2015 as the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat for the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa.

Email: rjansen@conservation.org


Disikalala Gaseitsiwe, Deputy Executive Secretary

Disikalala is an economist and development planner. He holds an MSc in Development Planning from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.  He spent nearly 29 and half years working as an economist and development planner at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in Botswana where he rose through the ranks finally assuming the position of Deputy Permanent Secretary, Socio-economic policy in 2008. During his time at MFDP, Disikalala was actively engaged in policy and strategy development work, progamme and project development, coordination, and management. He has also done extensive donor/aid coordination work, working with a wide array of development institutions, including IBRD, EU, UNDP and USAID.  He joined the GDSA Secretariat in April 2016 as Deputy Executive Secretary.