Josephine Wapakabulo

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Josephine Wapakabulo
Born1976 (age 42–43)[1]
ResidenceKampala, Uganda
Other namesJosephine Wapakabulo Thomas
Alma materLoughborough University
(BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering)
(MSc in Information Technology)
(PhD in Information Science)
INSEAD Business School
(Global Executive MBA)
OccupationElectrical Engineer & Business Executive
Years active2000 — present
Home townMbale
TitleChief Executive Officer
Uganda National Oil Company

Josephine Kasalamwa Wapakabulo, also Josephine Wapakabulo Thomas, is a Ugandan electrical engineer and business executive. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda National Oil Company. She was appointed in June 2016, being the first person to serve in that position.[2][3]

Background and education[edit]

She was born in 1976,[1] in Arusha, Tanzania.[4] She is the daughter of Angelina Wapakhabulo and the late James Wapakhabulo. She studied at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, as an electrical and electronics engineer, obtaining a BEng, an MSc and a PhD[1] in the field. She also holds an Executive MBA from the INSEAD Business School in France.[2]


From 2000 until 2002 Wapakabulo worked as a Leadership Trainee & Community Organizer in Coventry, United Kingdom. From 2002 until 2006, she worked as a Research Associate at LSC Group Consulting in Lichfield, United Kingdom. In 2006, she joined Rolls-Royce in Derby, United Kingdom as a Business Process & Information Engineering Specialist, serving in that capacity until 2011. From 2011 until 2014, she served as a Quality Executive and Chief of Quality and Continuous Improvement at Rolls-Royce in the Berlin Area, in Germany.[5][6]

Between 2014 and 2015, she served as the Chief Operating Officer at The Walk Free Foundation in Perth, Australia. In 2015, she returned to her native Uganda and worked as a Business Consultant in Kampala, until 2016.[5] She was named to her present appointment by the Board of UNOC, in June 2016.[7]

She took up her appointment at Uganda National Oil Company on 1 August 2016, with over 15 years' experience in effective leadership, team building, project management and innovation in multinational companies, across multiple continents.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Vision Reporter (27 July 2007). "Wapakhabulo's Girl Gets PhD". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Musisi, Frederic (2 June 2016). "Wapa's daughter to head National Oil Company". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ Waswa, Sam (1 June 2016). "Josephine Wapakhabulo Named Uganda Oil Company CEO". Kampala: Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  4. ^ Mpagi, Charles (17 February 2018). "Uganda's oil boss feels privileged to be here right now". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b Wapakabulo, Josephine (27 October 2016). "Josephine Wapakabulo: CEO - Uganda National Oil Company". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  6. ^ IGIG (1 June 2016). "Josephine Wapakabulo Thomas". IGI Global (IGIG). Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  7. ^ ECN (2 June 2016). "National Oil Company Gets CEO". Quoting News (ECN). Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ Waswa, Sam (1 June 2016). "Josephine Wapakhabulo Named Uganda Oil Company CEO". Kampala: Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  9. ^ Muhinda, Ronald (2 June 2016). "Josephine Kasalamwa Wapakabulo appointed CEO Uganda National Oil Company". Kampala: Radio One FM90. Retrieved 27 October 2016.

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