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Dilip Ratha

SAI’s Visiting Fellows Program will support mid-career professionals to come to Harvard with their own funding for one year. Visiting Fellows will contribute to the academic study of South Asia on campus and in the region by bringing their expertise on a wide range of issues.

SAI provides the Fellows with a physical space on campus and logistical support. While on campus, the Fellows may have the opportunity to host informal talks, deliver a guest lecture in a course, and engage with faculty and students from across Harvard. Terms for a Visiting Fellow will last one year. At the end of the term, the Visiting Fellow will submit a working paper based on the research conducted during his/her time at SAI, to be disseminated on SAI’s website.

Dilip Ratha, World Bank Research Group on Migration and Remittances Unit and CEO, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), Development Prospects Group, World Bank will be at Harvard during the 2015-2016 academic year. As a Senior Visiting Fellow, Dilip will focus on how migration, remittances, and diaspora investments can be harnessed for the development of nations. Recognizing that migration and remittances are a natural response to demographic and economic imbalances, he would outline a vision for a world migration system (akin to the world trading system) that would facilitate that response.

During his campus visits, Dilip will be available to meet interested students and faculty, and to give a series of seminars on remittances and innovative development financing mechanisms at Harvard Business School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and other schools.

Read Dilip Ratha’s blog, PeopleMove, on the WorldBank website.