Dr. Mulung currently holds the position of Deputy Managing Director, PNG Science and Technology Secretariat and has been in this position since 2014. His role includes setting strategic planning and direction in policy development for research as well as leading in the government’s science, technology and innovation initiative in this development.
Dr. Mulung has extensive professional knowledge and expertise in the areas of public policy/governance, academia/research, resource development/management (forest management, forest plantation and agroforestry development), community/rural development and climate change and associated issues for developing countries. This knowledge, gained after decades of dedicated work in the forestry development industry has resulted in Dr. Mulung becoming renowned in these areas. He is also a specialist in administrative and educational issues as well as the climate and environmental issues that are now faced by Papua New Guinea and neighbouring countries. He has been instrumental in creating and implementing an updated forestry curriculum development at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology focusing on a new vision that embraces a shift from conventional forestry production to a new vision focusing on environmental, economic and social challenges that this industry currently faces.
Dr. Mulung is fluent in English, Pidgin and numerous other PNG local languages. He has served on many boards and committees and has published numerous papers and reports over the years. His knowledge and vast experience is only outweighed by his love of country.