Pancho Mulongeni

  • Epidemiologist, UK Health Security Agency
  • University of Cape Town, Health, Social Sciences


Pancho was born in Bulgaria to a Namibian refugee father and Bulgarian mother. Growing up, Pancho became interested in the interconnection between science and health. He went on to study molecular biology alongside creative arts (dance) in the United States. On a Canon Collins scholarship, Pancho completed a Masters of Public Health at University of Cape Town on the topic of HIV prevention among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in South Africa. Pancho is currently at the tail end of a research fellowship examining issues of adolescent health at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. While at UCT, Pancho was the founder of a Network of Queer Academics.

Pancho writes about issues of health, scholarship, and human rights on ‘Writinghealth’ blog.

Greatest Achievement

Being who and I am and studying what I believe I am called to do.

Professional Interests

Social statistical methods and public health.