Edwine is the director of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi programme in Kenya and also heads the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) 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. He has a PhD in health economics (University of Cape Town), a masters degree in health economics (University of Cape Town), and a bachelors degree in Pharmacy (University of Nairobi). Edwine’s interests and current research work focuses on analysing health financing reforms, priority setting in healthcare, equity and efficiency analysis in healthcare, economics of non-communicable diseases, economic evaluation of healthcare interventions, measuring health systems performance, and health system governance.
He has a keen interest in evidence informed policy making and the nurturing of synergistic relationships between policy makers and researchers. Besides doing research, Edwine advises the Kenya Ministry of Health as well as several international development organizations including the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) on health financing, focusing on the Sub-Saharan African region. Edwine is also Adjust faculty at Strathmore University where he teaches health financing. Before joining the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Edwine worked as a clinical pharmacist for 2 years in both the public and private sectors.