Mr. Byarugaba is a Research Associate. His primary interests are in the Governance Oil & Gas and Minerals and Monitoring and Evaluation. He is a 2014 Fellow of the PETRAD 8-Weeks Course (Petroleum Policy and Resource Management) administered in Stavanger, Norway and has also attended the Summer School course in Governance of Oil, Gas and Mining Revenues in Accra, Ghana. Presently, he is a Fellow of the New York based Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). Gerald holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute and is currently undertaking research for the award of a Master of Management Studies (M&E) Degree at the same institute. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Degree from Kyambogo University. Previously, he was co-founder of Citizen’s Concern Africa, where he designed the organization’s Extractive Industry Programme, represented the organization in relevant fora and also oversaw administration.
He also worked at the International Law Institute-Africa Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE) as Senior Programme Coordinator-Access to Justice Programme and Programme Development Consultant-Natural Resource Contracting. While at ILI-ACLE, Gerald undertook Monitoring of the country-wide Training of Trainers Programme on Local Council Courts, which improved effectiveness in implementation as reflected in subsequent participants’ feedback reports. Prior to that, he worked for two years as Programme Officer-Oil and Gas at Global Rights Alert, where he was instrumental in initiating and developing the organization’s programmes and building capacity for partner organizations in Oil and Gas governance and advocacy. Since 2010, Gerald has worked closely with Civil Society fraternity, Parliament and International Oil Companies to promote dialogue aimed at promoting good governance of Uganda’s extractive industry. He participated in the review of all draft Laws for Uganda’s Petroleum industry, where he presented comments to the Natural Resources Committee of Parliament on the Bill that led to the enactment of the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act, 2013.
Gerald has also worked as process facilitator for the review of the National Environment Management Act, 1995, for the Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas in Uganda (CSCO). Between 2011 and 2013 he facilitated various workshops convened by the East African Trade Union Congress (EATUC) and the Uganda National Association of Trade Unions (UNATU) on Petroleum Revenue Legislation and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), on the NORAD funded Oil for Development Programme. Among other things, he is currently designing civil society tools for Monitoring implementation of the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda as well as Monitoring Corporate Social Responsibility in Uganda’s Oil and Gas sub-sector.