John Grove

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

John’s experience includes strategy development, monitoring & evaluation, disease surveillance, information systems, and training and human capacity development for large-scale global health and development initiatives and experience as a lead diplomat liaising with host country governments. He has worked on health and development issues in Botswana, Burkina Faso, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Zambia. For the Foundation, John guides strategy development and evaluation of investment strategies for the Maternal, Newborn & Child Health team. He has worked on other strategies in the foundation including routine immunization, TB, HIV, male circumcision, China, polio, and EDD/Pneumo. He has also advised on health product, medical device, and technology program-related investments. Prior to joining the Foundation in March 2011, John served for 7 years with the US CDC in Africa, most recently as the Chief of the Health Systems Solutions Branch and interagency lead for health systems strengthening and strategic information in Tanzania and prior as the team leader for monitoring and evaluation in Zambia for 4 years. He also served briefly in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Prior to CDC, John held project director and specialist roles at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, CA, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, CA, the Futures Group International in Washington D.C., and as a consultant for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Services.

John received a CDC Director’s Award for implementing electronic medical records in Zambia, the 2010 PEPFAR STAR team award for excellence in strategic information, and Certificates of Appreciation from the US Ambassadors to Zambia and Tanzania. John's PhD from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
focused on the application of dynamic systems-based models for evaluation of complex health and development strategies. John holds an M.A. in applied research and evaluation from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. from Kent State University in International Relations and Management Information Systems. John speaks French and can “get by” in Spanish, German, and Kiswahili. Outside of work, John enjoys reading, hiking, biking, skiing and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

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