Stergomena Lawrence Tax

Executive Secretary, SADC

Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax is the sixth Executive Secretary, and first female Executive Secretary, of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), following her appointment in August 2013.

Dr. Tax has led and participated in numerous regional integration, bilateral, as well as multilateral processes, programmes and negotiations, and has contributed to the development and implementation of continental and global developmental agendas. In the area of peace and security, she has coordinated and led a number of SADC conflict prevention, resolution and mediation processes, as well as democracy consolidation processes.

She has expertise and experience in Regional Integration (socio-economic; politics, peace and security); Trade and Industrial Development; Finance; Investment and Private Sector Development. Dr. Tax has successfully led the development and implementation of SADC blueprints.