Enis Barış

Professor; Director of Global Health Policy Partnerships

Enis Barış, MD, MSc, PhD, is a Professor of Health Metrics Sciences and Director of Global Health Policy Partnerships at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, and Adjunct Professor at the McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a global health policy and systems scholar and expert with a background in Medicine, post graduate degrees in Public Health, and epidemiology in health services management.

Prior to joining the IHME, Dr Barış held a number of senior and lead technical, advisory and managerial positions, namely (i) Senior Advisor at the Global Fund in Geneva where he spent two years with the Health Finance Department; (ii) The World Bank where he worked and retired from, after more than two decades of employment both as a technical expert and later as Manager of three different WB regions; (iii) as Director of Country Health Systems at the Regional Office for Europe (EURO) of the World Health Organization (WHO) for two years; and (iv) as Chief Scientist and Senior Scientific Advisor at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada for six years.

Dr. Barış has a proven track record of intellectual leadership in global health policy and systems and high-level policy dialogue. He has worked in more than sixty countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia (including China), sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in international fora, and has a solid understanding of healthcare systems and the role of macroeconomics, economic growth and their distributional impact on health outcomes. 

He is the author and co-author of many peer-reviewed publications and gray literature as well as several books and book chapters. Before his retirement from the World Bank in October 2020, and thereafter as Senior Advisor, he led the preparation of the World Bank's new Health, Nutrition and Population Strategy, and served as the lead author and editor of the World Bank's flagship publication "Reimagining Primary Health Care.; Walking the Talk" published in June 2021.

IHME was established at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007. Its mission is to deliver to the world timely, relevant, and scientifically valid evidence to improve health policy and practice.