Petroleum Authority of Uganda


Board of Directors

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 Board of PAU was inaugurated during October 2015.

Jane Nambakire Mulemwa, Chairperson

Dr. Mulemwa is a qualified and experienced scientist who holds a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Dr. Mulemwa has over 30 years’ experience in Leadership, Administration, Policy Development and Analysis, Strategy Formulation and Evaluation, Science Education and academic research.  She possess extensive experience in leading organisations through periods of initiation, transition and growth.  She serves on the Board of Directors of several organisations and was the Deputy Chairperson of the Education Service Commission between 1988 and 2015.

Mr. Reuben Kashambuzi, Member

Mr. Kashambuzi, holds a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Geology from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine of the University of London, and worked with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development for over 25 years. He rose through the ranks and was appointed Commissioner for the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department in 1995, a position he held till his retirement in 2009. Mr. Kashambuzi was instrumental in negotiating the Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) with oil companies.  He trained and supervised geoscientists in acquisition of data and monitoring oil companies’ compliance with laws, regulations and guidelines. He participated in the drafting of the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda. He served on the Boards of Directors of the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd and Uganda Wildlife Authority. He played a major role in the initiation of major activities of the Committee of Energy (Fossil Fuels Working Group) of the East African Community Secretariat including founding the East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition. He was Chief Technical Advisor in the Ministry from 2010-2012 where he headed a taskforce which proposed structures and arrangements for putting in place the Petroleum Authority of Uganda and the Uganda National Oil Company.

Mr. Kashambuzi is the author of “The Story of Petroleum Exploration in Uganda, 1984-2008: A Matter of Faith”, a book which describes Uganda’s oil journey from 1984-2008.

Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Member

Mr. Kiwanuka is a partner at Kiwanuka & Karugire Advocates, a law firm he co-founded in 2001.  He is an advocate of the High court of Uganda, with over 18 years’ experience in commercial Law, labour Law and energy law, currently focusing on oil and gas. He is a member of the Uganda Law Society, East African Law Society and the International Bar Association. He is the past President of Uganda Golf Union and a member of Entebbe Club, Uganda Golf Club, Kampala Golf Club and Jinja Golf Club. Mr. Kiryowa is currently pursuing an LLM in Petroleum Law and Policy from University of Dundee, Scotland.

Mr. Peter Lominit Menya, Member

Mr. Lominit is a professional accountant with over 30 years’ experience in Accountancy, Financial and Grants Management, Project Management, Logistics/Commodity Control, Administration and Capacity building. He has managed project awards in excess of US $ 15 million with Government of Uganda and donors such as the USG/ USAID, DFID, Norway Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union, among others.

Dr. Immaculate Semanda Nakimera, Member

A Palynologist, professional teacher and researcher, Dr. Nakimera has been involved in research on global changes focusing on climate and environmental changes since 1992. She represented Africa on the Steering Committee of the Past Global Changes (PAGES) from 2011 to 2015. She is one of the founders of the Association of African Women Geoscientists and has recently retired as senior lecturer with the Department of Geology and Petroleum Studies at Makerere University, where she served as one of the pioneer lecturers for the newly established Petroleum Geosciences courses.

Ms. Doreen Kabasindi Wandera, Member

 Ms.  Wandera holds a Master of Science in Public Health and a Master of Science in Agriculture. She has over 20 years’ experience in diverse areas; such as Public Health, Environment and Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Corporate Governance and Management and Strategic Planning and Leadership. Ms. Wandera has been a team leader of several Development Programs and has a rich background working with International Organisations including UN bodies and Non-Government organisations; Government and Civil Society organisations. Currently, she is 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/ UNESCO and Executive Director of Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET).

Eng. Patrick Nakoko Masuba, Member

Engineer Nakoko has vast experience, spanning over 30 years in the industrial development of Uganda, including 20 years at policy level in industry and technology. He was part of the team that developed the National Industrial Policy 2008 and industrial sector strategic plan, and also participated in the formulation of the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda (2008). He is a registered engineer with the Engineer's Registration Board and a corporate member of Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers.