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UNOC appoints Ms Proscovia Nabbanja as Acting CEO

Nabbanja become the company’s second CEO following the resignation of Dr Josephine Wapakhabulo.

The Board of Directors of the Uganda National Oil Company Limited (UNOC) appointed Ms Proscovia Nabbanja as the company’s Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following the final departure of Dr. Josephine Wapakhabulo. “Uganda National Oil Company Limited [UNOC] Board of Directors [BoD] unveils the Acting Chief Executive Officer – Ms Proscovia Nabbanja as Dr Josephine Wapakhabulo concludes her journey, August 13,” a tweet from UNOC read announcing the appointment.

Nabbanja replaced Dr Josephine Wapakhabulo who resigned in May this year citing family and personal reasons. However, her resignation took effect on August 13, 2019. This means that Wapakhabulo officially handed over office to Nabbanja on Tuesday August 13, 2019.

In a short video posted online by UNOC, Emmanuel Katongole, the Chairman Board of Directors (BoD) praised Dr Josephine Wapakhabulo, the out-going CEO that she has been “a terrific leader”.  

Ms Nabbanja 41, is a Geologist with 19 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry and gas been the Chief Operating Officer – Upstream at UNOC for the last 3 years. Before joining UNOC, Nabbanja worked as a Geologist with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development under the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department.

UNOC is a private company wholly owned by the state and takes care of the state’s commercial interests in the sector. Proscovia has 17 years of experience in oil and gas industry. Formerly served as a Principal Geologist in the Petroleum Exploration & Production Department under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. She headed the Technical Division and was at the forefront of reviews of technical proposals especially field development plans and petroleum reservoir reports.

She headed the estimation and reporting of the oil resources and reserves in the country, field operations monitoring and management of petroleum data.

She has sat on a number of inter-ministerial committees and also worked on a number of Donor funded programs such as Norway’s Oil for Development and those supported by the USAID. Proscovia holds a BSc (Chemistry, Geology) – MUK; MSC Petroleum Geoscience – Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine; Diploma in Petroleum Management and Operations; and Masters of Business Administration – Imperial College Business School.

by: Edward Ssekika,
Edited by Muhumuza Didas