English-born Botswana Democratic Party politician. He served as Vice President of Botswana from 1998-2008 and as fourth President of Botswana beginning in 2008.
After training at England's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he became a Botswana Defense Force commander.
He began his presidential administration with Mompati Merafhe as Vice President; Ponatshego Kedikilwe later assumed the office.
He was born during a period when his father, President of Botswana Seretse Khama, was living in exile in England as a result of his marriage to a Caucasian British woman (Ian Khama's mother, Ruth Williams Khama).
He and Senegalese President Abdou Diouf were born in the same year.