Dennis Mwendwa has over eight years experience in the civil society sector. For the past six years he has been working as an executive chairman for the Oil, Natural Gas and Environmental Alliance (ONGEA), a network of civil society organizations focusing on managing oil and gas resources with an emphasis on transparency, accountability, local participation, and environmental management, amongst other aspects. Dennis graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2007 with a BA, and has a postgraduate diploma in Petroleum Policy and Resource Management from Stavanger, Norway. Dennis is a member of the Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives multi-stakeholders group (MSG). He is also a PETRAD fellow with the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI). Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Dennis plans to continue his advocacy work in the extractive sector with a new focus on energy.