Hon. Tom Alweendo

Hon. Tom Alweendo

Minister of Energy Namibia

Thomas Kavaningilamo 'Tom' Alweendo (born 17 March 1958 in Omusheshe, Oshana Region) is a Namibian businessperson and politician who has been Minister of Mines and Energy since 2018. In 2003, he became the first Namibian Governor of the Bank of Namibia when he replaced Jafaar bin Ahmad of Malaysia. From the mid-1990s until 2001, he was head of Air Namibia.

Alweendo earned a bachelor's degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom.

As Governor of the Bank of Namibia, he maintained the Namibian dollar's linkage with the South African rand. He also raised concerns about increasing amounts of government debt and questioned whether expenditures on education produced better results.

In 2010 Alweendo was appointed to lead the National Planning Commission. When Hage Geingob took office as President in March 2015, he confirmed him in this post, now named Minister in the Presidency in charge of the National Planning Commission. In a Cabinet reshuffle in February 2018, Alweendo became Minister of Mines and Energy, swapping positions with Obeth Kandjoze.