Dr Josephine Kasalamwa Wapakhabulo, will become the first ever CEO of the Uganda National Oil Company Ltd (UNOC), when her appointment takes effect on August 1, 2016.
A statement signed by Emmanuel Katongole, the Chairman of UNOC, notes that the Board of Directors is confident that Dr Wapakhabulo will bring experience, energy, drive and enthusiasm to the NOC.
“Dr Wapakhabulo will lead the set-up of UNOC and manage its transformation into a world class oil and gas company as the country prepares for commercial oil production,” reads the statement, in part.
It adds that Dr Wapakhabulo comes with over 15 years’ experience in implementing inventive solutions and achieving business objectives through effective leadership, team-building, strategic, operational and project management expertise in leading multi-national companies. Furthermore, it notes that she has worked extensively on standards for the petroleum industry focusing on integrating life-cycle data for oil and gas production facilities.
Deep Earth has learnt that Dr Wapakhabulo has had a stint at Rolls Royce, focusing on aero-derivatives technology solutions for energy and petroleum; generally designing and production of things like gas turbines for oil and gas production facilities.
The 39 year old, a daughter of former Parliament Speaker James Wapakhabulo, holds a Global Executive MBA from France’s INSEAD business school and a PhD in Information Science, MSc in Information Technology and a BSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering, all from Loughborough University in the UK. She is also a registered Chartered Engineer in the Institute of Engineering and Technology in the UK.
In an industry that has had its fair share of start-stop moments; stakeholders will be hoping that Dr Wapakhabulo’s appointment, kick-starts activities in Uganda’s oil and gas sector.