Director for Tourism and Gaming
Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Sem’s responsibilities in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism are to provide vision and strategic leadership to the Namibian tourism sector (both public and private). He works to increase the participation and capacity of previously disadvantaged Namibians in the tourism sector, while creating new tourism investment opportunities. Sem is also responsible for the strategic management, control, and regulation of the casinos, gambling houses, and the national lottery sector in Namibia with a view to generate revenue for social welfare while protecting the individual and society from the harmful effects of gambling. He maintains links with the University of Namibia where he lectures to MSc students in Biodiversity Research and Management. As previous head of the International Environmental Conventions Unit, he coordinated the implementation of Namibia’s obligations to multilateral environmental agreements. He was Chairman (2006-2007) of the Intersessional Intergovernmental Working Group under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Formerly, he served as Africa’s Chief Negotiator on the legally binding, international Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing, a protocol set by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.