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Dilip Ratha

Manager, Migration and Remittances Unit and Head, KNOMAD, Global Indicators Group, World Bank

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Dilip Ratha is Lead Economist, Migration and Remittances and Head of KNOMAD. He acts as a focal point for the World Bank on migration, remittances and diaspora bonds. He is a co-coordinator of the (G7/G20) Global Remittances Working Group. His TED Talk “The hidden force in global economics: sending money home,” has over 1.3 million views. Besides migration, Dilip has worked extensively on innovative financing tools such as future-flow securitization, models for predicting sovereign ratings, and South-South FDI. He founded KNOMAD in 2013 and co-founded Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium in 2011. He is also the brain behind African Institute for Remittances. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as a regional economist for Asia at Credit Agricole Indosuez, Singapore, and taught at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has been a visiting professor of economics at the University of Sussex and a senior visiting fellow at Harvard South Asia Institute. He has Ph.D. in economics from Indian Statistical Institute. In 2008, a New York Times article about his life and work stated, ““No one has done more than Dilip Ratha to make migration and its potential rewards a top-of-the-agenda concern in the world’s development ministries.”