Doreen Tembo joined Health Data Research UK as Head of Public Involvement and Engagement in May 2023. Doreen brings research, partnership and stakeholder development and management experience from the national and global health research sector having held leadership positions with regional, national, and global organisations in the UK National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) since 2010. Doreen has worked with the higher education sector, including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, Norwich and Essex as a researcher and consultant. She spent her early career working in the social economic development sector in Zambia where she developed her unending passion for the active engagement and involvement of public partners in health and care research, policy, and delivery.

Doreen studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar gaining a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy, with a health policy specialisation. She also holds a Master of Science in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Demography with Economics from the University of Zambia.