Dr Graham Root has over 20 years of experience working with the private sector, public sector and civil society on the design and delivery of international development and social investment programmes in Africa and Asia. He is chair and a founding director of Montrose.

His work with Montrose has included oversight of the company's work with extractive industries in Africa and Asia. This has included working with BG Group, Shell, BHP Billiton, CNOOC, Hess, ICMM, Tullow Oil, AngloGold Ashanti, Newcrest Mining and Ok Tedi on the design, implementation and monitoring of a range of social investment programmes in Africa and Asia. Likewise, he has extensive experience providing technical oversight on Montrose’s development agency programmes in the health, education and enterprise sectors.

Prior to establishing Montrose, Graham was Managing Director of Malaria Consortium, a communicable disease control NGO working in over 24 countries in Africa. He oversaw and led the expansion of the organisation in Africa from a small technical resource to a world-renowned communicable disease NGO with a multi-million dollar turnover. He has also held positions with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Health Organization and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in a range of senior technical and managerial roles.

Areas of expertise include policy and strategy development, social investment, monitoring and evaluation, programme design, public health and communicable disease control. He holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Masters in Demography from University of Liverpool.