Harvard faculty to deliver lecture on role of media and communications in research

Harvard faculty to deliver lecture on role of media and communications in research

Andy Burness, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and President of global communications firm Burness, will deliver a lecture themed, ‘Practical Communications Strategies for Influencing a Better World‘ to the MA in Digital Journalism Students on January 30, 2020 at the school’s campus. He will also be joined by panellists from the African Academy of Sciences, African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the Mawazo Institute to discuss communications as a vehicle for translating research into policy change.

The conversation will focus on the importance of African-led research and policy change, and specifically, how strategic communication of research has informed and even influenced policy change on the continent.

Mr Burness’ lecture will be the first of a series of conversations in development which aim to foster new connections and exchanges around timely topics, including global health, environmental progress, food security, and human rights. These conversations will also offer an opportunity to learn about the latest research in these fields – and the best ways to communicate the research for impact.


  • Andy Burness, Harvard professor and President of Burness
  • Rose Mutiso, Co-Founder and CEO of Mawazo Institute
  • Dr. Isayvani Naicker, Director Strategy and Partnerships, The African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
  • Dr. Eliya M. Zulu, Executive Director and Founder of the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)

About the MA in Digital Journalism

The MA in Digital Journalism combines real-life practice with academic rigor to position young and mid-career journalists as leaders in their field. By focusing on regional issues and drawing on local and global trends, graduates will possess the creativity, critical thinking and professional skills required to lead East Africa’s media in the 21st century. Click here to know more.