Speaker Bio

Mr. Ratha is currently working to lower remittance fees and provide innovative financing solutions for people, businesses, and governments. Over a career spanning three decades in academia, private sector and the World Bank, he has worked extensively on migration and innovative financing for development, including remittances, diaspora bonds, and prediction of sovereign credit ratings. His TED Talk “The hidden force in global economics: sending money home,” has 1.3 million views. He is the founder of KNOMAD and co-founder of Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium. He is also the brain behind Africa Institute for Remittances. According to a 2008 New York Times article about his life and work, ““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.” Get my book Innovative Financing for Development.

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