Dilip Ratha

  • Lead Economist, Migration, and Remittances and Head of KNOMAD
  • World Bank

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 coordinator of the (G7/G20) Global Remittances Working Group. His TED Talk “The hidden force in global economics: sending money home,” has 1.4 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 a 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.” Dilip is the editor of PeopleMove blog.