Omar Idriss Senior Economist

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Omar Idriss joined the Health Foundation as a Senior Economist in September 2019.

Before joining the Health Foundation, Omar worked for 11 years in the civil service as a member of the Government Economics Service. Most of his civil service career was spent at the Department of Health and Social Care where he worked across a range of policy and analytical issues. This included work on NHS quality, finance, public health, social care strategy and primary care issues.

Omar also undertook a secondment to HMT where he led a project to refresh the HMT Green Book, leading to publication of the 2018 version. He also spent a year at the Care Quality Commission where he started the Graduate Analyst Scheme.

Prior to the civil service, Omar worked as an economist at the Ministry of Health in Ghana and undertook internships at the New Policy Institute and Bretton Woods project. Omar has an MSc. in Economics (development) from the University of Bath and an MA Economics and Statistics from the University of Exeter.

Omar is a member of the Society of Professional Economists.


Omar is co-author of the HMT Green Book (2018).

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