Madame Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia is a qualified lawyer. Before becoming the First Lady in 2015, Madame Geingos spent 15 years of her professional career in the financial sector, as a private equity and governance expert. She was awarded National Honours (Most Distinguished Order of Namibia) for ”outstanding contribution to the socio-economic development of Namibia” and was inducted into the Namibian Business Hall of Fame. She has also received numerous awards such as the Namibian Business Personality of the Year and Most Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year. Madame Geingos has served on the Boards of large public and private sector companies as either Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson.
Madame Geingos is focused on utilising her extensive corporate and deal-making experience to enrich her role as the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia. She will seek to complement His Excellency President Hage Geingob’s declaration of war on poverty. Madame Geingos combines her professional expertise with her passion for enterprise development to focus on youth entrepreneurship and the integration of rural and urban economies. Madame Geingos established the One Economy Foundation in May 2016. She serves on the Board of the Foundation as Founder and Executive Chairperson and will apply her energy towards Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship, Integrated Early Childhood Development; Gender Based Violence Response and Preventative Programme; Health; and Institutional Strategic Support. The philosophy of the One Economy Foundation is to engage in projects which are evidence-based and focused on targeted outcomes.