The Authority is governed by a Board of Directors, appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda and approved by the Parliament of Uganda. The first Board of the PAU was inaugurated during October 2015. The term of the Inaugural Board ended on 3rd October 2019, after a four-year term. The second Board of Directors was inaugurated on 15th May 2020 for a four-year term.

Chairperson

Jane Nambakire Mulemwa

Chairperson

Jane Nambakire Mulemwa

Dr. Mulemwa is a qualified and experienced scientist who holds a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry, from Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has over thirty (30) years’ experience in leadership, administration, policy development and analysis, strategy formulation and evaluation, science education and academic research. She possesses extensive experience in leading varied organisations through periods of initiation, transition and growth, such as, the Department of Science and Technical Education, Makerere University, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Uganda Chapter, and, The AIDS Support Organization (TASO).

She serves on the Board of Directors of several organisations and was the Deputy Chairperson of the Education Service Commission, Uganda, between 1998 and 2015. Dr. Mulemwa was the Chairperson of the inaugural Board of the PAU.

Member

Mr. Ernest N.T. Rubondo

Member

Mr. Bernard Ongodia

Member

Mrs. Doreen Kabasindi Wandera

Member

Dr. Kevin Aanyu

Member

Ms Lynda Biribonwa

Mr. Adrian Bukenya

Member

Mr. Ernest N.T. Rubondo

Mr. Rubondo completed a Master of Science in Petroleum Reservoir Geology at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London in 1990 and worked briefly with Scott Pickford Plc in the United Kingdom. He returned to Uganda to participate in field geological and geophysical data acquisition as part of the petroleum exploration effort in the country. He worked with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral development for over 30 years, and was Commissioner for the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD) between 2008 and 2014 and Director for Petroleum between 2015 and 2016. He has been a member of the Uganda Government team that promotes the country’s petroleum potential and also negotiates Production Sharing with oil companies for acreage in Uganda’s Albertine Graben. Mr. Rubondo chaired the working group which coordinated the formulation of a draft National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda which was approved in 2008 and was also a key participant in the formulation of Uganda’s new petroleum laws which were passed in 2013. He led Uganda’s technical team in the joint evaluation of an optimal pipeline route transporting Uganda’s crude oil to the East African Coast. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Geological Society of Uganda. He is also the recipient of the Global Pacific Award for Distinguished Contribution to the African Oil and Gas Industry, 2007.

Member

Mr. Bernard Ongodia

Mr. Ongodia is the Principal of the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK) and holds a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Exploration Geophysics from University of Leeds, United Kingdom, Master of Business Administration in Oil and Gas Management from Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Geophysics from Makerere University, a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Uganda Technical Institute and several oil and gas management certificates.

Mr. Ongodia was a Senior Geophysicist at the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development where he worked from 2002 up to 2017 when he was appointed Principal of UPIK. Mr. Ongodia has wide knowledge and experience in capacity building and manpower development in the oil and gas industry, an asset that will be exploited by the Authority.

Member

Mrs. Doreen Kabasindi Wandera

Mrs. Wandera is an experienced natural resources and environmental scientist who holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Botany and Zoology and a Master of Science degree in Agriculture from Makerere University; a Master of Public Health leadership from Uganda Christian University, Mukono and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Public Administration from Uganda Management Institute. She is a lead Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environment Auditing and Monitoring Specialist. She is also very knowledgeable in land use planning and agriculture, waste management and public health leadership; and has been in practice in the environment sector for twenty-eight (28) years.

Mrs. Wandera is currently the Chairperson of African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW); Member of the Monitoring and Evaluation task team of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW); Member of the National Advisory Committee- International Hydrological Program-IHP/ United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and has vast experience in project management, executive leadership and corporate governance with local Governments, Central Governments Agencies and Civil Society Organizations. She was a member of the inaugural Board of the PAU.

Member

Dr. Kevin Aanyu

Dr. Kevin holds a PhD in Geosciences from Johannes-Gutenberg University in Germany, a MSc in Structural Geology from Makerere University Kampala and a BSc from Makerere University. Dr. Aanyu’s work experience spans sixteen (16) years where she is a lecturer in the department of Geology and Petroleum studies at Makerere University.

She works at the Department of Geological survey and mines under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development between 2002 and 2004 as a Geologist. She has published several academic publications related to Geology.

Member

Ms Lynda Biribonwa

Ms. Lynda is an Environment, Health, Safety and Quality Management professional with over twenty-two (22) years of experience in environmental work having previously worked with Tullow Oil and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), among others. She holds an MBA Oil and Gas from CWC School of Energy London, a MSc in Environment and Development from University of Reading and a BA (Hons) Environment Management and Business Administration from Keele University.

Ms. Biribonwa is also a certified IS0 9000 Internal Quality Management System Auditor as well as ISO 40001 certified Lead Environmental Management Systems Auditor.

Mr. Adrian Bukenya

Mr. Adrian Bukenya has over twenty years of global professional experience in the energy and infrastructure and financial services sectors. Sixteen of these were spent in operations across Africa in senior leadership roles. Adrian has a wide range of experience including business development, government relations, regulatory affairs, organizational transformation, stakeholder engagement and people growth and development. Adrian is a motivated self-starter and is keen on developing business strategies through effective leadership to deliver sustainable value for all stakeholders.

Most recently, he was appointed as the Country Director for the Mastercard Foundation in Uganda. Prior to this, he served as Uganda Country Manager for Baker Hughes providing advisory to the Baker Hughes & GE Businesses with respect to the legal and regulatory frameworks. He has also held leadership roles in Tullow Uganda, Shell Uganda and the Black and Decker Corporation.

Adrian is extremely passionate about success and leading others, especially the youth, to attain their highest potential. Adrian has an MBA in Finance & Economics from Oxford University.