Born on 17 March 1958, in Okahenge, Oshana Region, Hon. Tom Alweendo was appointed as Minister of Mines and Energy in
In March 2010 he was appointed by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba as Director General of the National Planning Commission (NPC). The National Planning Commission is a Constitutional body that is tasked with the responsibility to plan the priorities and direction of national development. In March 2015 he was appointed by President Hage G. Geingob as Minister of Economic Planning and also as Director General of the NPC.
Before he was appointed as Director General of the National Planning Commission, Alweendo served as Governor of the Bank of Namibia from January 1997-March 2010. He was the first Namibian to serve as Governor of the Bank of Namibia when he was appointed by Namibia's Founding President His Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma. Before being appointed as Governor, he served as Deputy Governor for four years (1993-1996). Among some of his achievements during his tenure at the Bank of Namibia are the establishment of the local currency, the Namibia Dollar; the localization of the payments and banking systems; and the establishment of the Financial Intelligence Center.
As Director General of the National Planning Commission, Hon. Tom Alweendo presided over the drafting of Namibia's fourth National Development Plan (NDP4). The NDP4 prioritized specific economic sectors that are perceived to have more potential to grow the economy and provide employment opportunities. This is notably agriculture, logistics, tourism, and manufacturing. The Plan also propounds a hands-on approach with regard to the Government's role in economic development albeit in closer and effective collaboration with the private sector. Over the course of the NDP4 period the Namibian economy grew on average at 5.7 percent, despite the global economic crises and current global commodity crises.
Hon Alweendo holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.