Enis Barış is a medical doctor with graduate degrees in Public Health (M.Sc.) and Epidemiology (Ph.D.) and a wide range of experience as director, manager and technical expert in development and research in over 30 countries in Europe, East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. At present, Enis Barış is Practice Manager for Health, Nutrition and Population in the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank. Previously he was Acting Director for Human Development and Sector Manager for the Middle East and North Africa Region, a position he had come back to after having been Director of the Division of Country Health Systems at the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization between 2008 and 2010.
Joined the World Bank Group in 1999 and worked as a senior staff for about ten years in leading the policy dialogue, technical and analytical work and operations on health and human development in the regions of East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa before he moved on to the leadership track as Director in WHO EURO. His technical work at the Bank spans over both public health issues such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, indoor air pollution and lung health, as well as broader health policy, system and services pertaining to health sector reform agenda in high and middle income countries.
Before he joined the WBG, Enis Barış was with the International Development and Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) for six years where he served as Chief Scientist and Senior Scientific Advisor, mainly focusing on health policy systems and services research in the developing world. While with IDRC he was also Executive Director, Research for International Tobacco Control (RITC).
At various stages of his career, Enis Barış has chaired, or served on, the Board of several international organizations, namely as President of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases and Chair of its Scientific Committee; as Board members of the Council of Health Research for Development (COHRED) and the Alliance for Health System and Policy Research (AHSPR), among others. He is the editor and author of several books and peer-reviewed publications. He also serves, as present, as Adjunct Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute.