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Petrus Tileinge Damaseb was born on 26 June 1962 at Tsumeb, Namibia. He attended primary school at St Francis Roman Catholic Primary School (Tsumeb), and at Mariabronn Catholic Mission School, near Grootfontein. He attended secondary school at Petrus Ganeb (Uis) and went into exile in 1978 at the height of Namibia's liberation struggle and pursued further studies at the United Nations Institute of Namibia (UNIN) where he (in 1981) obtained a Diploma in Development Studies and Management, with a bias in law. In 1984 he qualified as a magistrate from Zambia's National Institute of Public Administration (in association with UNIN).
Damaseb obtained a United Nations scholarship to read law at the University of Warwick (UK) where he obtained his LLB (Hons) in 1988. In the same year he joined the Inns of Court (Lincoln's Inn) in London to pursue his barristers training at Holborn Law Tutors (London), but returned to Namibia in 1989, before the Bar Finals, to participate in Namibia's independence elections. From independence in 1990 -1997 he served as a senior government official and left the public service to pursue a career in law. He was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1997 and joined the firm Karuaihe & Conradie as a partner. The firm later became Conradie & Damaseb. Damaseb was appointed a permanent judge of the High Court of Namibia on 12 July 2004 and as Judge President on 1st December 2004. Damaseb occasionally acts as a judge of the Supreme Court of Namibia. He is also a judge of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal.

Damaseb has four children and takes a keen interest in football law and administration and serves on the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and is Vice Chairman of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Appeal Board.

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