Dr. Grove is the Director of the department of Information, Evidence and Research (IER) in the Metrics and Measurement Cluster in WHO. He joined WHO on 1 September 2017. Before joining WHO, John was the Deputy Director for Evidence and Policy in the MNCH team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). He was responsible for the investment portfolio on evidence and research and also worked within the division to set strategy and guide related health analytics, in addition to being a designated representative on evidence with the foundation’s external partners, including the UN system.
Prior to MNCH, John was based in the global health strategy team in the Office of the President and worked across HIV, TB, pneumonia, diarrhea, and immunization teams on strategy and evaluation processes and investments.
Prior to BMGF, John was with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 8 years in team lead and section chief roles based in Tanzania (Dar es Salaam), Zambia (Lusaka), and Cote d’Ivoire (Abidjan) supervising disease surveillance, program monitoring and evaluation, health informatics, nurse, lab, and medical training programs, and as a lead US diplomat with host country governments on technical assistance and resource negotiation.
Other past affiliations include director and analyst roles at the Public Health Institute (Berkeley, CA), the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Los Altos, CA), the Futures Group International (Wash., DC) and consulting for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Services.
He holds a PhD in health services research from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Masters in applied anthropology from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelors’ in International Relations from Kent State University. He has authored several peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews.