Dr. Victoria Nalule
Executive Director
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Victoria is the founder and Executive Director of The African Energy and Minerals Management Initiative (AEMI). She is a lawyer and holder of a PhD in Energy Law and Policy; and LLM in Oil and Gas Law both from the Centre for Energy Petroleum Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, UK.  Victoria offers extensive experience in the  African Energy and Mining sectors having worked with various international, regional and national organisations/institutions including assignments for: The Queen Mary University of London (EU Energy Project); The Energy Charter Secretariat in Belgium; The African Energy and Minerals Management Initiative (AEMI) in Uganda; The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in New York (Negotiation Support Portal); the  energy department of the East African Community Secretariat (EAC) in Tanzania ; the University of Dundee in Scotland; the  energy department of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Botswana; Extractive Resource Hub in the UK; International Arbitration Case Law in New York (editor); and NEM energy and mining consultancy in Uganda. She has also worked with both the private and public legal sectors of Uganda including Kakuru & Co. Advocates and the Anti-Corruption Court of Uganda.

Victoria is an author and has published on topics relating to oil, gas, renewable energy, climate change and mining in Africa. Her latest book being “Energy Poverty and Access Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Regionalism. She also has a forthcoming book focusing on mining and the law in Africa. Victoria has also participated as a speaker and panellist in several forums and conferences discussing topics concerning oil and gas; climate change, renewable energy, energy poverty and access just to mention but a few.

Ms. Jocyline Omondi
Director, Legal Aid (Acting Assistant Executive Director)
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Ms. Jocyline Omondi is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She is an Energy lawyer and holder of an LLM in International Oil and Gas Law and Policy at the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral law and Policy. She is also a certified professional mediator from the Mediation Training Institute and has legal knowledge in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the energy sector.

Jocyline is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has worked with Youth Clan, a youth-led organization which deals with advocacy related projects and civic education in local communities within Kenya.

She is a member of several professional international organizations including the Energy Institute and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.  Jocyline  has interned with the UK Department of International Development (DFID) funded Extractive HUB project. She is currently the Director of Legal Aid at AEMI.

She has written a concept paper on the Extractives Industry in Kenya. Jocyline has co-authored a paper on Public Participation in the Mining Sector under the Extractives Hub.

Ms. Bayigga Haula
Development Director
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Bayigga Haula is a Petroleum engineer by awarded by the China University of Petroleum. She is  the Coordinator School of Energy and Natural Resources at the Virtual University of Uganda. Haula was the Ugandan student representative in the China University of Petroleum in the year 2015-2016. She has a series of certificates in Sustainable Development Goals and is also very well conversant with the Chinese language. She has carried out research on recent surfactants and Enhanced Oil recovery.

She has a strong background in data management, proposal writing, public relationship and programme monitoring and evaluation because of the 3 years experience achieved through coordinating programmes at 3 different universities.

Mrs. Catherine Stevenson
Assistant Development Director
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Catherine is an advocate of the courts of judicature of the republic of uganda. She holds an LLB (Hons) from Makerere University and a post graduate diploma in Legal practice from Law development centre uganda. She possess an LLM in international criminal justice and Human rights from Dundee University in Scotland.

Catherine possess legal expertise having worked as a Magistrate Grade 1 in Uganda.
She is passionate about protection and promotion of women’s rights in the Energy and mining sector.

Mr.Kennedy Macharia Chege
AEMI representative in South Africa
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Kennedy Chege (Kenyan national) is a Researcher and PhD Candidate at the NRF/DST SARChI: Mineral Law in Africa (MLiA) Research Chair at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. His Doctoral research relates to mining law, specifically Oil and Gas Law, incorporating aspects of Competition/ Antitrust Law, under the supervision of the distinguished Professor Hanri Mostert (NRF/DST SARChI Research Chair: Mineral Law in Africa) as well as Dr Katharine Kemp (Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia).

 

Kennedy’s responsibilities at the Chair include: coordinating the Specialized LLM in the Law of Mineral and Petroleum Extraction & Use programme at the university, guest lecturing in the courses under this programme; supervising LLM theses; participating in the research functions of the Chair etc.

Kennedy is also a practitioner at Africa’s largest law firm, ENSafrica, dealing with matters relating to Mineral & Mining Law, Energy Law, Competition/Antitrust Law, and general corporate and commercial work. His role requires him to work in multiple departments in different offices around the continent i.e. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi and the Accra offices of ENSafrica. 

Kennedy holds a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in Commercial Law, coupled with Mining Law; a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) Degree majoring in Public Policy and Administration, all from UCT.

Kennedy has a deep passion for mentorship, having been a peer mentor for the MasterCard Foundation for 3 years between 2016 and 2018, and mentored students from across the world. He has also mentored students at Rosebank Progress College for more than 5 years, particularly Kenyan students coming to study in South Africa for the first time.

 

Mr. Kofi Twum-Ampofo Aggrey
Country Director in Ghana
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With over five years of experience as an officer in the Minerals Commission of Ghana, Kofi is a geoscientist with vast expertise in the monitoring and evaluation of mining projects. This position has exposed him to roles of research, data entry, organization and analysis of varied returns in the mining sector of Ghana. He is actively involved in reporting on performance of minerals exploration and quarry companies for policy making decisions.

Additionally, Kofi has assumed diverse roles on projects involving set up of the Integrated Aluminum Development Corporation, Mining Fiscal reviews, Development and Stability Agreements and the restructuring of the small scale sector in Ghana. Notable among his achievements are his Membership of the Extractives Hub, Energy Institute and the Ghana Institute of Geoscientists. Again, his participation in the Ghana Extractive Industry and Transparency Initiative, the Second Phase of a Land Administration Project Monitoring and Evaluation training session in Accra, Ghana and the Metals and Mining Conference 2019 in London, United Kingdom are noteworthy.

Currently a student of Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee, Kofi is pursuing a postgraduate degree in International Mineral Resources Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. His specializations span the fields of Mineral Resources Policy and Economics, Revenue Management and Governance in the Extractive Industry, Mineral and Petroleum Taxation and the Circular Economy. Questions bordering on Sustainability and Just Transition for the Mining Sector, as well as the Structuring and Documenting of International Mining Transactions constitute a pertinent part of issues that constitute his research interests.

His academic and professional experience coupled with the alacrity and dexterity with which he performs all assigned tasks have equipped him with requisite training to work in project development and research environments in the minerals resources / oil and gas industry.

Mr. Zach Mbeya Kauraisa
Country Director of AEMI in Namibia
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Zach is currently a Candidate Attorney at Koep & Partners, a leading corporate law firm in Namibia and LexMundi firm. His work is primarily comprised of commercial transactions.

Zach holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in International Oil and Gas Law and Policy from the Center for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP); coupled with a bachelors of law from the University of Namibia.

Zach also frequently posts articles on LinkedIn regarding project finance, negotiation, contractual structures for risk mitigation and petroleum taxation regimes.

Zach is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and the Energy Institute.

Ms. Ailly Sheehama
Deputy Country Director of AEMI in Namibia/Project Manager for AEMI Mentorship Program
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Ailly is the Deputy Country Director of AEMI in Namibia. She holds an LLM in International Oil and Gas Law & Policy from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Policy, University of Dundee, UK. She is a registered candidate legal practitioner in Namibia and holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Namibia.

Ms. CHIOMA VIVIAN BASIL
AEMI representative in Nigeria
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Chioma Basil is a design consultant with concerns about the unsustainable maximization of renewable energy compounds in the environment, inadequate regulations, and the lack of efficient energy practices towards a better society. She is very concerned about the negative impact caused by unsustainable practices in the energy sector on the lives of children and young people and would love to design and monitor the implementation of policies that can address these problems.
She has great leadership skills with the ability to learn fast, a team player who adapts easily
with good response to challenges. All these aided in her service in few leadership capacities.
She is hardworking, creative and resilient and as such planned and implemented various
community projects.
She is passionate about volunteering with Organizations particular about making positive impacts in the society, which led to her continued service of the underprivileged in the peripheries of Nigeria, where she visits to teach children, care for the elderly etc. She has major interest in Energy Law, Clinical Legal Education and Mediation as a welcome alternative to Litigation. Chioma is Legal Practitioner at Michaemas Chambers (Legal Practitioners) in Nigeria.

Mr. Inamutila Nache Kahupi
AEMI Research Associate Head
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Country: Namibia, based in London UK

Focused on editing, reviewing and assessing the work of research associates for AEMI. His background comprises of roles and studies in China, USA and UK. Nache, is also a PhD student in Business & Management at NU London Business School focused on Energy, Circular Economy, and Sustainable Mining

Ms. Ogochukwu Winifred Okeke
Energy Research Associate, AEMI
Team member
Country: Nigeria

Ogochukwu Okeke is a final year law student of the University of Ibadan. She is the President of the Energy Club, University of Ibadan. She is passionate about the African Energy Sector, policies and activities that drive energy access to promote socio-economic growth. She is involved in several activities aimed at promoting youth participation in the African energy sector. She is a volunteer with the African Women in Energy Initiative(AWEDI) and the Energy Institute Nigeria, Young Professional Network (EI YPN).

Ms. Nansamba Cissy Joan
Mining Research Associate
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 She was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Oil and Gas Production at Kyambogo University. Cissy contributed to AEMI’s research projects and also participated in the mentorship sessions for female miners at Nsangi. She is currently volunteering for AEMI.

Mr. Hillary Turyahebwa
Research Associate
Team member

HILLARY TURYAHEBWA is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer from Makerere University who brings onboard his engineering background and experience in energy systems and product design and development. He is currently into mineral and energy advocacy with AEMI on the African continent with current projects in Uganda.

He is passionate about clean, and green energy systems, mining technology development and modification. He is an affiliate to the Institute of Research Doctors and Engineers(IRED) conducting community outreach programmes focusing on energy and mineral sectors

Ms Priscilla Brandt
Research Associate
Team member
Country: South Africa

Ms. Priscilla Brandt is a dual-LLM candidate at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee (UK) under the International Oil and Gas Law and Policy programme and the Extractive Industry Law in Africa programme at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

She holds an LLB from the University of the Free State in South Africa and has completed a half-year specialization certificate in European Governance and Integrated from the University of Agder in Norway.

She is currently the President of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators for the Dundee Student Chapter. As well as the Secretary for the Energy Institute Dundee Student Chapter.

Ms. Jacinta Namigadde
AEMI's Director
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Ms. Atulinda Majdah
AEMI's Director
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Ms. Sarah Mukunde
AEMI Legal Counsel/ Deputy Project Manager, AEMI Knowledge Centre
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Ms. Claris Ankunda
Research Associate
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Joel Mark Byaruhanga
Energy Research Associate, AEMI
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Country: Uganda
Ms. Karen Nankwanga
Research Associate
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Country: Uganda
Loide Matias da Silva
Research Associate
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Country: Angola
Ms. Glorius Ayesiga
AEMI Administrator