Barry is best known for his service to Global Health since 2002, mainly as Chief Financial Officer of two of the foremost 21st Century public-private partnerships – Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. After losing close friends to AIDS and Malaria, he was motivated to confront the inequities in access to healthy lives. This reset the future focus of his career.
From its outset, he was central to the Global Fund’s financial management and fundraising. Later, he moved to Gavi and helped to develop its approach to predictability of funding, by adapting a replenishment model that had been successful for the Global Fund. As a Managing Director at Gavi, his broad portfolio spanned financial management, assessment of country implementation capacity, innovative finance, and enabling services.
In both of these major grant-making organisations, Barry engaged frequently with boards representing implementing countries, donor governments, foundations, and the private sector. He adapted his commercial background to suit the complex governance structures of these large, global, public-private partnerships, that attract and deploy multi-billion-dollar funding, annually. By providing trustworthy, transparent information and guidance that inform decision making, he contributed to building the stakeholder confidence that enables such large funding. He often motivated the diligence of his colleagues with his motto that: “We are in the confidence business – it takes years to build, but just a second to shatter.”
Since retiring from Gavi in 2019, Barry remains engaged in Global Health. The father of a daughter, he is passionate about eliminating gender inequities, such as by enabling girls to remain in school as a pathway out of poverty, by safe access to sanitation. He served on the Board of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and was Chair of its Finance Committee, from 2019 until it closed at the end of 2020.
He is a founding member of the Humanitarian Finance Forum, and occasionally provides consulting services, mainly in the development field. His early career was in accountancy and commerce in Ireland; in financial services in Switzerland; and in corporate marketing for the Worldwide Fund for Nature International.
Barry is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, trained by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.