Dr John Grove became the first director of Quality Assurance for Norms & Standards (QNS) on July 1, 2019 at WHO, Headquarters in the new S cience Division announced in March 2019. and leading functions and assurance services for He is establishing all WHO global norms and standards products, and oversees the WHO Press, and WHO Global Library and Digital Information Services. Prior, he was director of the D epartment of Information, E vide nce and Research (IER statistics, monitoring and evaluation, applied ethics , ) , overseeing global health research coordination, development . He joined WHO on 1 September 2017.
Before joining WHO, Dr. Grove was Deputy Director for Evidenc e and Policy and guidelines 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 organization health analytics, in addition to set strategy and guide related to being a representative on evidence external part ners, including the UN system. He also served o and policy with the foundation’s n the global health strategy team in the Office of the President and worked across HIV, TB, pneumonia, diarrhea, and immuniz strategy development and evaluation.
Prior to BMGF, Dr. Grove . ation t eams on 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’Iv oire (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.
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 Univer sity. He has authored several peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews.