Odireleng Marope was born and raised in Botswana. His creative and innovative interest starting at an early age around 1980s at primary school where he used to draw teaching aids for teachers. Love for creative work started by then, with a lot of interest in Art. The interest was suspended for sometime, as Art was not offered at Primary and Junior secondary school he went to. He formally started studying the subject at senior secondary school level, Form 4 to be precise. Later in the years of professional training he became Art Teacher at Junior and Senior Secondary schools. He then furthered his education and became Art Lecturer at a College of Education, training Art teachers. Training continued and he became Design Lecturer at University of Botswana. Besides being a professional educator, he is also engaged in freelance Design specializing in Branding. He has so far presented conference papers and published Book chapters in Design. His passion for hands on work saw him leading the establishment of Design hub in Industrial Design and Technology department, where Lecturers and students are given an opportunity put to practice their practical skills in design and making of products. The hub has so far done a lot of design jobs within the university and outside.
Textile and Leather Technology
Ceramic, Glass and Stone technology
Graphical Communication & Multimedia
User Centered Design,
Ethnic Cultural Identity and Sustainability,
1. Conference: The use of visual communication design in promoting cultural heritage and sustainability: The case of Botswana. Kampala International Design Conference 2015 (KIDEC2015), Kampala, Uganda, 21 – 24 July 2015. paper 23, pages 1 - 10.
2. Book Chapter: (2017) Afterthought branding within Botswana’s Small Micro Enterprises sector, In Creativity, Innovation and Development in an African Design Context, Cambridge Scholars Publishing UK, pages 63 – 81.
3. Seminar Paper: Design innovation inspired by traditional culture. International Distributed Innovation Design Forum. Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China, 17th October 2019.