SASSCAL was very honored to receive a courtesy visit from  Michelle McLean this morning at the Regional Secretariat in Windhoek. SASSCAL has been occupying the Michelle McLean House for the past 14 years.  SASSCAL staff were in a jovial mood as Michelle McLean took a tour of the office accompanied by SASSCAL’s Executive Director, Dr Jane Olwoch.

McLean who was Miss Namibia in 1991 and the first Namibian  woman to be crowded Miss Universe  in 1992  is currently the patron of Miss Namibia and is passionate about Renewal Energy and Green Hydrogen which happens to be in line with SASSCAL’s mission as the lead institution in implementing Green Hydrogen, and promoting research in adapting to climate change and land management.

SASSCAL Executive Director, Dr Jane Olwoch (fourth from the right) and former Miss Universe Michelle McLean flanked by SASSCAL’s ladies, pictured during Ms. McLean’s courtesy visit to Dr Olwoch

McLean is a businesswoman, a Global Ambassador for Investment and Tourism for Namibia,  an International Business Representative for the Ohlthaver and List Group, as well as a Liaison Officer for the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board. McLean a philanthropist in her our right and the Founder of  the “Michelle McLean Children Trust” assisting vulnerable children of Namibia  and encouraging  the youth to commit to  the success of their future.

Mclean inspires children through her motto in life: “If you can image it , you can do it”

The Michelle McLean Children Trust has over the last two decades started about 10 projects, including collaboration with international movie stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, established the Michelle McLean Primary School and Michelle McLean School of Excellence which provides scholarships, entrepreneurial and financial skills training to thousands of students.

She has worked as a UNICEF ambassador for many years, alongside the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.  McLean is indeed a force to recon with and an inspirational woman who empowers others and advocates for Namibia’s success in conservation, tourism , investment and Green Hydrogen.


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