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The Power of Vision in Leadership

John Ulanga is the Country Director of TradeMark East Africa in Tanzania ( TradeMark East Africa is a not-for-profit, multi-donor funded, Aid for Trade organisation established in 2010 with the objective of improving trade within the region and between the region and the rest of the world. This is achieved by improving physical infrastructure for trade, policies, systems, procedures, processes and capacity for managing trade and trading environment. Over the seven year period has invested over $560m in the region. Before joining TradeMark East Africa, John Ulanga was the Vice President, External Affairs and Sustainability for BG East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya). Before joining BG Tanzania, Mr. Ulanga was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society, the largest support mechanism for civil society organizations in Tanzania and before then Mr. Ulanga worked with the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF).

Mr. Ulanga is the Chairman of the University Council of the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, Dar es Salaam; the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tanzania Financial Services for the Underserved Settlements (TAFSUS); Member of the Board of Directors of Mwananchi Communications Limited (publishers of The Citizen, Mwananchi and Mwanaspoti Newspapers); Member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Tanzania Media Foundation, a Board Member of KCB Bank Tanzania, Member of the Ministerial Advisory Board for Tanzania Public Service College, and a Member of the USAID Tanzania Consultative Group. Mr. Ulanga is also a Member of the The Bretton Woods Committee in Washington, and a Member of the Africa Policy Advisory Board for ONE Campaign ( He is also a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative in East Africa and the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute, and a 2012 Senior Fellow of the Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society Studies at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York