Petroleum Autority of Uganda


PAU Profile final Feb 2017

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) is a statutory body established under Section 9 of the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act 2013, and in line with the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda which was approved in 2008.

The mandate of the PAU is to monitor and regulate the exploration, development and production, together with the refining, gas conversion, transportation and storage of petroleum in Uganda.  This includes ensuring that petroleum operations in Uganda are carried out in accordance with the relevant laws, regulations, guidelines and in line with international best practice for the petroleum industry.

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.

Members of the Board  of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda and those of the Uganda National Oil Company Ltd together with officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development at the inauguration of the two Boards by His Excellency, President Yoweri K. Museveni during October, 2015.
Dr.  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
Image result for kiryowa kiwanukaMr. 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
Image result for Doreen Kabasindi Wandera 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.

During 2016, the Board of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda commenced recruitment of the top management. An Executive Director for the Authority was appointed effective September 2016 and Directors to head the respective Directorates in the PAU commenced work during February, 2017.

Mr. Ernest N.T. Rubondo, Executive Director and Secretary to the Board
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.

Mr. Michael Otonga Ochan; Director for Finance and Administration;
Mr. Otonga Ochan is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom, and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Edinburgh Business School, Herriot-Watt University, Scotland.  Mr. Otonga Ochan has over 21 years’ experience in strategic planning, financial management, corporate governance, leadership and administration. He has been the Commissioner Corporate Services in Uganda Revenue Authority for nine years, serving as head of the department of Finance, Administration, Human Resource and Information Technology.



Mr. Dozith Abeinomugisha; Director for Exploration;
 Mr. Abeinomugisha holds a Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience from the Royal Holloway College, University of London.  He was the Assistant Commissioner, responsible for Refining in the Midstream Petroleum Department, Directorate of Petroleum, in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development before being appointed Director for Exploration in PAU. He worked with the Ministry since 2000 and has extensive experience in geological mapping and management of petroleum exploration licences. He was the President of the Geological Society of Uganda (GSU) from 2005 to 2012 and has authored several publications, reports and presentations that have been published in international journals.


Mr. Alex Nyombi; Director for Development and Production;
Passport photo001Mr. Nyombi, a Reservoir Geophysicist, holds a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Geophysics from the University of Leeds and a Master of Laws degree in Petroleum Law and Policy from the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom. Mr. Nyombi has over thirteen years’ experience in the oil and gas industry with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. He was License Manager for the Kingfisher Development Area, first production license issued in Uganda, and has been involved in monitoring and regulating oil company operations. He has also participated in formulation and drafting of Uganda’s new petroleum legislation as well as chairing the committee which prepared the draft model petroleum production sharing agreement for Uganda between 2014-2016.  


Ms. Peninah Aheebwa; Director for Technical Support Services
Ms. Aheebwa holds a Master of Science degree in Energy Studies specialised in Oil and Gas Economics from the University of Dundee UK and a Master of Arts in Economic Policy and Planning, from Makerere University. She has worked with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development since 2002 where she rose through the ranks to the position of Principal Petroleum Officer in 2015. She has vast experience in the areas of economics, commercial aspects, policy and planning for the oil and gas sector.

Mr. Ali Ssekatawa; Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs;
Mr. Ssekatawa has over 11 years’ experience, specializing in tax and oil and gas law. He holds an MBA from ESAMI and is currently in his final year at University of Dundee completing LLM in Oil and Gas Law & Policy. He has been the Country Representative for Uganda on the African Team of Tax Experts under African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and also at the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information under the OECD.  He is a certified Arbitrator and Public Prosecutor for tax matters. He joined Uganda Revenue Authority in 2005 and was appointed Assistant Commissioner Litigation in 2011. He served as the Chairman of Uganda Revenue Football Club since 2009


The Petroleum Authority of Uganda is now operational and is undertaking its regulatory roles as described in the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act2013, the Petroleum (Refining, Conversion, Transmission and Midstream Storage) Act 2013 and the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda (2008).

The Board and Management of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda appreciate the opportunity and acknowledge the responsibility of starting an institution to regulate Uganda’s oil and gas sector. The PAU will work with all stakeholders to professionally, effectively and efficiently regulate the sector in a manner that achieves the goal of using the the country’s oil and gas resources to contribute to early achievement of poverty eradication and create lasting value to society.