Ernest Rubondo completed his Master of Science degree in Petroleum Reservoir Geology from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London in 1990. He then worked briefly with Scott Pickford Plc in the United Kingdom before returning to Uganda to participate in field geological and geophysical data acquisition as part of the petroleum exploration effort in the country.
Ernest rose through the ranks to become Commissioner of Uganda’s Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD) from 2008 to 2014. He was appointed Director for Petroleum in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in November 2014. In 2016, Ernest was appointed as the first Executive Director for the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, which is tasked with the regulation of the upstream and midstream segments of Uganda’s petroleum value chain.
He has participated in the promotion of Uganda’s petroleum potential with a view of attracting investment in the sector. He chaired the working group which coordinated the formulation of a draft National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda which was approved in 2008 and was also a key participant in the formulation of Uganda’s new petroleum laws which were passed in 2013.
Ernest has received national and global recognition for his contribution to Uganda’s oil and gas sector, including the Global Pacific Award for Distinguished Contribution to the African Oil and Gas Industry in 2007 and the Nalubale Medal from the President of the Republic of Uganda in 2016.
He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Geological Society of Uganda.