His Excellency Mr. Russell Mmiso Dlamini is the Kingdom of Eswatini’s youngest Prime Minister and was appointed by His Majesty King Mswati III during the Sibaya People’s Parliament on 03 November 2023.

Born on 23 October 1973, His Excellency holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in Sustainable Development Planning and Management from Stellenbosch University, a BA Hons in Development Administration from the University of South Africa, and a BSc in Agricultural Education from the University of Eswatini.

He has extensive national and international experience in sustainable development at technical and leadership levels. A visionary strategist, His Excellency is committed to strong stakeholder relationships and is adept at managing and shaping operations. He is an articulate, engaging, and hands-on leader who has a proven track record in building and energizing teams; applying discipline, and inspiring outstanding performance.

Before his appointment, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) for 8 years and once served as Director of his own consultancy company. A former Executive of World Vision, His Excellency has also worked as a National Director, and an Integrated Programmes Director at World Vision Eswatini as well in Rwanda where he served for three years. He also has experience as a Director of Quality Assurance.

As the first CEO of the NDMA, His Excellency established the NDMA as a strong entity with sound governance and operational systems, and one to reckon with. Under his leadership, NDMA successfully led the country’s disaster preparedness and response to the 2015/2016 El Nino Induced drought, the COVID-19 Emergency response as well as the Tropical Cyclone Eloise Emergency Response. Mr. Russell Dlamini was instrumental in the development of many strategic documents including the National Resilience Strategy, the Multi-Hazard Contingency Plan, and the National Drought Management Plan, among many other achievements.