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. Susan Nakanwangi
Assistant Executive Director
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Susan is the Assistant Executive Director of the African Energy and Mining Management Initiative (AEMI). She also heads the Women in Energy and Mining Empowerment Program (WEM). Susan is a lawyer and has wide experience and is an expert in the natural resources sector especially the extractive industries. She has carried out extensive research in various aspects of energy, mining, climate change, shared natural resources and sustainable development. Susan has also participated in several conferences, seminars and workshops on extractive industries. She is a practicing advocate and has worked with reputable law firms in Uganda where she amassed knowledge in corporate and general law. These include Tibeingana and Co. Advocates, Zaale Otete and Co. Advocates and Ssesaazi and Co. Advocates.

Susan is currently a PhD student at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy – University of Dundee, United Kingdoms. She holds an LLM in Natural Resources Law and Policy (distinction) – University of Dundee; Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre, Uganda; Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – Makerere University. Susan also holds a Certificate of Distinction in ‘Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance,’ – SDG Academy; and Certificate of Distinction in ‘Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet,’ – SDG Academy

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.

Ms. Loyola Karobwa
Director, Legal Aid
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Loyola Karobwa is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature of the Republic of Uganda with four years’ experience in the energy and natural resources sector working with a Top Tier Law Firm advising on major mining, petroleum, energy, and infrastructure projects which are the first of their kind in Uganda and the sub-Saharan region. She has advised project developers, sponsors, and lenders on permitting and regulatory compliance, licensing, and policies for major mining, oil & gas and hydropower projects in Uganda. She has a strong background in commercial transactions, corporate restructuring and governance for project sponsors and developers.

She has developed a great deal of knowledge, insight and understanding of the practical issues pertaining to the successful implementation of projects in Uganda.
Karobwa has also worked with a Public inquisitorial body on the effectiveness of the law, policies, and processes of the Land sector in Uganda, directly contributing to ongoing Land law reform. She has developed a niche in the area of land rights and environmental protection in the natural
resources and energy sector.

In addition to her legal career, Karobwa has for over eight years volunteered time, talent and resources to innovative solutions for social change. She is a Global Changemaker, a member of Rotary International, and has influenced national policy as a member of a Youth Think Tank on policy alternatives.
Karobwa holds an LLB(Hons) from Makerere University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre Kampala. She has attended numerous seminars, conferences, and academies including the Clifford Chance Africa Academy, and Pepperdine University Center for Women in Leadership.

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. Hillary Turyahebwa
Head, AEMI Mechanisation
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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. Nansamba Cissy Joan
AEMI's first intern
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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.

Ms. Jacinta Namigadde
Ms. Atulinda Majdah
Ms. Glorius Ayesiga
AEMI Administrator