Victoria and I connected on LinkedIn because I was inspired by some of her posts that ended up on my timeline through mutual connections. Her energy and passion for what she does are contagious. Here is our interview about her scientific journey:
It’s a wonderful opportunity to have you today Doc! Please introduce yourself
My name is Dr. Victoria R Nalule. I am a Research Fellow at the DFID-Funded Extractives Hub Project based at CEPMLP, University of Dundee. I am also the Founder and Executive Director of the African Energy and Minerals Management Initiative (AEMI).
Tell us about your story; how has your journey been like?
Life is an interesting journey with ups and downs. I have been lucky to have a supporting family throughout my career journey. After graduating from Law School in Uganda, I joined the University of Dundee, where I was awarded a Masters in Energy Law, and PhD in International Energy Law (2014 and 2018 respectively). I started off as an intern at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels. I later joined and worked with different regional and international organisations before establishing my own NGO – African Energy and Minerals Management Initiative (AEMI); and consultancy firm – Nalule Energy and Mining Consultants (NEM).
In the early stages of my career, I was really inspired and motivated by Professor Peter Cameron-who also supervised me (Masters & PhD). Learning closely from him, I was able to get the courage to author energy and mining books.
For me, life is all about taking chances, so I believe I still have a lot to learn and do. I am not yet there professionally but I work hard everyday to be a better person/expert.
Your story sounds like a series of achievements amidst challenges
Yes I have been lucky enough to have my hard work acknowledged and appreciated. I have authored some books/book chapters with respect to energy and mining;
- Energy Poverty and Access Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Mining and the Law in Africa.
- Energy Transitions and the Future of the African Energy Sector.
- How to Respond to Energy Transitions in Africa.
- Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy.
- Mining, Materials, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Multilateral and Bilateral Energy Investment Treaties.
- Land Law and the Extractive Industries.
I have also been part of various energy conferences around the world, especially those with interest in African energy.
I run a series of Audio Podcasts about energy and mining and host interviews with different energy experts from all over the world. To know more about my passion for energy, please visit my website www.victorianalule.com
What do you enjoy doing outside work?
Any word of encouragement?
Always take chances and never give up!
Thank you Dr. Nalule for sparing time for our session and for your wonderful contribution to such an important sector. We wish you all the best as you journey further.