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John G. Tomaszewski

Regional Director, Africa

John Tomaszewski ("JT") is the International Republican Institute's Regional Director for Africa. In this capacity, he leads the overall strategic direction and management of IRI's multi-million-dollar project portfolio in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tomaszewski currently oversees active IRI democracy and governance projects in seventeen countries across the subcontinent as well as regional initiatives in The Sahel, Great Lakes and Southern Africa. 

He has extensive experience implementing a range of projects throughout Africa focused on legislative and political party strengthening, public opinion research, youth and gender inclusion, civil society capacity building, campaign and public affairs management, and subnational governance among others. Tomaszewski was IRI's Nairobi-based country director from 2012-2015 leading projects in Kenya, South Sudan, and an IRI East Africa regional subnational governance initiative.

He started with IRI assisting with the management of the institute’s political party strengthening programs in South Sudan (2009-2011), before eventually transferring to do the same in Egypt (2011-2012). He participated in IRI international election observation missions and election assessments in several African countries to include Egypt (2011/2012), Ghana (2016), Kenya (2013 & 2017), Nigeria (2015 & 2018), Somaliland (2010) and Zimbabwe (2018).

Tomaszewski has been quoted by major media outlets like BBC World, Voice of America, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, served on expert panels and as a guest lecturer, and participated in congressional hearings on a wide range of democracy and governance topics related to Africa. He is also a regular host of IRI’s monthly podcast, Global.

Before joining IRI, Tomaszewski worked for the Crisis and Litigation Practice at LEVICK Strategic Communications in Washington, DC. He built the foundation for his communications and political experience through his five years working for two members of the U.S. Congress and their respective congressional campaigns. He has a Master's Degree from Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his spouse Linda Akinyi and their two children.