- 2019 Speakers
World Bank , Head of KNOMAD, Lead Economist
Dilip Ratha’s career spans three decades spent in academia, private sector and an international organization, on migration and financing for development, including remittances, South-South flows of migration and foreign direct investment, diaspora bonds, and prediction of sovereign credit ratings. His TED Talk “The hidden force in global economics: sending money home,” has 1.26 million views.
He founded KNOMAD in 2013, co-founded Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium (at the University of Sussex) 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 hosts PeopleMove, a blog on migration. 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.