John Ulanga

Synergos Senior Fellow & Country Director, Tanzania, at TradeMark East Africa

John Ulanga was previously Vice President, Policy and Corporate Affairs of BG Tanzania, part of the BG Group, a leading international energy business.

Previously, he was executive director of the Foundation for Civil Society, an organization that makes grants to support multi-sector efforts to fight poverty, and the largest organization of its kind in Tanzania.

Prior to joining the Foundation for Civil Society, Mr. Ulanga worked with the Economic Social Research Fund (ESRF), one of the leading policy-research think tanks in Tanzania, as its first Coordinator of Commissioned Studies, where he was charged with the responsibility of forming the consultancy department and coordinating consultancy assignments undertaken by ESRF.

Mr. Ulanga has been chairman of the East African Association of Grantmakers, an association of grantmakers and philanthropic institutions headquartered in Nairobi; a board member of HakiElimu, a Tanzanian education and democracy organization; a board member of Tanzania Financial Services for Underserved Settlements; a member of the steering committee of African Grantmakers Network; a member of an independent advisory panel for the World Bank Tanzania office. He is also a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Mr. Ulanga also has experience working with the public sector through his intensive involvement in public service reform.