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Oliver Johnson

Global Health Institute

Oliver Johnson is managing director for the Global Health Institute at Georgetown University. In 2023, he completed his Ph.D. at King’s College London in the United Kingdom, with a focus on strengthening leadership by health professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also a visiting lecturer in global health at King’s College London and an honorary researcher at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. From 2013 to 2015, he was based in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, as the founding director of the King’s College London Sierra Leone partnership, a health systems strengthening program embedded in the country’s main teaching hospital and medical school. From 2015 to 2022, he was based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he worked with Africa Health Placements, a South African non-profit that focused on the recruitment and retention of health workers in rural government hospitals.

Career Highlights:

  • Studied medicine at King’s College London and international health at University College London. ​
  • Helped to establish a Centre for Global Health at King’s College London and led the development of several global health teaching programs.
  • Recruited by Lord Nigel Crisp to be the first policy director for the All-Party Group on Global Health in the U.K. Parliament.
  • Co-authored a book on the Sierra Leone’s response to the 2015 Ebola outbreak titled Getting To Zero (2018).