Edwine BarasaEdwine Barasa PhD



Occupational Information

Occupation: Health Economics Research

Occupational Position: Director, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi Programme

Professional History

Edwine is the director of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi programme in Kenya, heads the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU), and co-chairs the health systems research theme of the programme. He is a health economist and health financing specialist with 14 years of research, advisory, and practice experience in Kenya and in the broader Sub-Saharan African region. 

Edwine’s interests include health financing; equity and efficiency analysis in healthcare; the economics of non-communicable diseases; economic evaluation of healthcare interventions; measuring health systems' performance; and health system governance. Edwine provides health financing support as well as broader health system technical support to the Kenya Ministry of Health. He is currently a member of the Kenya Health Benefits Advisory Panel, and the taskforce for the reform of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). He also provides health financing technical advisory support to several international development organizations, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), focusing on the broader Sub-Saharan African region including Kenya, Ghana, Somalia, Malawi, Madagascar, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Mozambique, and Egypt.


PhD (Health Economics) – University of Cape Town
MPH (Health Economics) – University of Cape Town
Bachelor of Pharmacy – University of Nairobi


2019 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow