H. E. Sankatana Gabriel Maja
In June 22, 2018 His Excellency Sankatana Gabriel Maja presented his credentials to President Donald J. Trump and became the 17th
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the United States of America. Ambassador Maja brings to the post over 30 years of work experience working with International Agencies as well as Private Sector in Lesotho.
His Excellency Ambassador Maja's background is in Finance and Administration having studied at National University of Lesotho and Centre for Accounting Studies. Prior to his appointment to serve as an Ambassador to the United States of America by His Majesty's King Letsie III, he worked for CARE (Cooperative For American Relief Everywhere) as the Administrative/Finance Officer responsible for the overall finances and administration of the Agency in ensuring that funds provided are utilized as requested. He also worked for USAID (United States International Development Agency) still as the Finanace/Administrative Manager, the program which was under the United State Peace Lesotho focusing on three districts Mokhotlong, Qachas Nek and Thaba Tseka with SSIAP(Small Scale Intensive Agricultural Project) volunteers who were working more with the communities in their small gardens for vegetable production. He later joined United States Peace Corps Training Unit as the Assistant Training Director handling the overall training finances, budgets, traveling, procurement, logistics in ensuring that we had a smooth training of the volunteers on different programs. Apart from working with International Development Agencies, Ambassador Maja has an extensive experience working with the private sector. He also worked for the Christian Health Association of Lesotho (CHAL), umbrella association of church institutions (Hospital and Clinics) in ensuring that the institutions are well trained in the field of accounting and administration for a smooth operations to better serve the communities around them.
Ambassador Maja also worked for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as an advisor to the Resident Country Director and Deputy Resident Country on matters relating to the successful completion of Compact I MCC projects by providing administrative, financial, support, logistics, procurement, travel planning, budget support and other administrative support. He liaised with various stakeholders on behalf of MCC, including development partners, government contacts as well as Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Lesotho counterparts. He has also been trained on project management as well as community financing for middle level management in Kinshasa, Zaire (DRC). He was also trained in Health Services Management and Administration in Lusaka, Zambia while working for Christian Health Association of Lesotho (CHAL).