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Mr. David Mbulumi – Head of Media Operations




David Mbulumi has a rare background that combines an academic background in laboratory sciences and a career in journalism and communication. A Tanzanian national based in Accra, Ghana, for three years David headed the Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) Department for the INDEPTH Network, a leading provider of health and demographic statistics in low and middle income countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania. He was coordinating Policy Engagement and Communications activities in 43 INDEPTH member centres across 20 countries.


He previously worked as a news reporter, online news editor and senior newspaper editor for Tanzania’s leading media houses and later as public relations officer for a major commercial bank before joining the UN as Head of Communications at the UNDP Country Office in Tanzania. David then worked for one of Africa’s most eminent health research institutions (Ifakara Health Institute) as Head of Resource Centre/Communications before joining INDEPTH Network. In recent years, his focus has been on building active linkages between researchers and other stakeholders that include policymakers, funders, civil society, private sector, media and the general public.  


David is a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (BSc - Chemistry and Applied Microbiology, MSc - Chemistry) and was trained in journalism by some of the world’s top media organisations and trainers including the UK-based Thompson Reuters. Other skills he has gained over the years include media management, negotiation skills, communication science, knowledge management and public relations. He has also trained researchers on Science Communication and journalists on Media Ethics, Editorial Freedom and Independence. His experience also includes consultancy in editorial services to UN agencies and other organisations. He regularly contributes opinion, news and feature articles to magazines and newspapers. In 2000 David won one of the most prestigious fellowships in newspaper journalism in the Commonwealth, the Harry Brittain Fellowship.