Petroleum Authority of Uganda


The 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 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.

Jane Nambakire Mulemwa, Chairperson


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.

Mr. Bernard Ongodia, Member


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.

Mrs. Doreen Kabasindi Wandera, Member


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.

Dr. Kevin Aanyu, Member


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.

Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Member


Mr. Kiryowa holds a Masters in Petroleum Law and Policy from the University of Dundee, Scotland, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from Makerere University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka has been in private practice as a Partner of a Law Firm for eighteen (18) years and has gained insight in the oil and gas sector through the position of legal services to licensed oil companies and service providers.

Mr. Kiwanuka is an advocate of the High court of Uganda, with over twenty (20) years’ experience in commercial law, labor 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 Kiwanuka is the current Chairperson of Express Football Club. Mr. Kiryowa was a member of the inaugural Board of the PAU.

Dr. Ephraim Banadda, Member


Dr. Ephraim Banadda holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; a Master of Science in Processing Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; and Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from the University of Agriculture, Tanzania and is a member of the Belgian Institute of Engineers. Dr. Banadda is an adjunct professor at Iowa State University in the United States of America, Extra-Ordinary Professor at Wageningen University, Netherlands, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a professor at Makerere University.

Dr. Banadda is also currently a Board Member, of African Agricultural Technology Foundation, and has been Country Director for African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) since October 2014. Dr. Banadda was also the representative for Uganda and Vice Chair of the Consultative Council, Implementation of the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation in Islamic Countries (ISESCO) Rabat, Morocco between 2016 – 2017.

Ms. Lynda Biribonwa, Member


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 Kell 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.