Varun AggarwalFounder & Lead
Saurabh SumanFormer Team
Varun Aggarwal’s research has focused on migration and development. His initial experience with migration research was at the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels, where he focused on integration policies for asylum seekers and migrants in the EU. Next, he worked with Dvara Research (previously IFMR Finance Foundation) in Chennai on issues around digital financial inclusion. He has also contributed to a World Bank (KNOMAD) project on integration policies for asylum seekers in India. His initial professional experience came working for a range of early stage start ups in the US. Varun obtained a BA in Mathematics from the University of Washington in Seattle and a MSc in Economics from Maastricht University.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikhil Panicker has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani and did his graduate studies in Financial Economics from the Madras School of Economics. After a brief stint as a derivatives trader with Futures First and as a Big Data analyst with Citicorp in the digital and portfolio space, he left the corporate sector to focus on research. He is currently based at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He works on various projects in the field of migration and development, including the latest Kerala Migration Survey. His interests include migration, development and inequality.Email: email@example.com
Suhas is as an editor at the Rock Street Journal. He took over communication and PR responsibilities soon after 2015 with musicians and an independent record label. He is currently based in Mumbai and will contribute to the India Migration Now’s cause through reaching out to the appropriate audience as well as informing wider base about the project’s initial and eventual goals. He has a graduate degree in Information Technology from Mumbai’s K.C. College.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. A Didar SinghExecutive Advisor
Dr. Meera SethiExecutive Advisor
Dr. Priya DeshingkarExecutive Advisor
Dr. S. Irudaya RajanExecutive Advisor
Dave WallackExecutive Advisor
Dr. A Didar Singh
Dr. A. Didar Singh, author and former civil servant (IAS) served as Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (Diaspora and Migration Ministry) from 2009 to 2011 and as Secretary General (from 2012 to 2017) of India’s largest apex business chamber, FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).
Dr. Singh is presently Senior Fellow at the Delhi Policy Group, New Delhi. Dr Singh also functions as Chair of the Diaspora group of KNOMAD (Knowledge Network on Migration), of the World Bank and in 2017 was named as Global Fellow at IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is presently a Commissioner of the ILOs ‘Global Commission on the Future of Work’ (2017-19).
Dr. Singh has functioned as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Migration (2011-15) of the celebrated World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2011 he was conferred an Award for his service to the Indian Diaspora by GOPIO International (Global Organization of People of Indian Origin).
Dr. Singh is an internationally known strategy expert in e-Commerce, Trade and Migration and has done several studies for international agencies, including the World Bank; International Trade Centre; World Health Organization; and South Centre, Geneva as well as the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. Dr. Singh has four books and several publications to his credit and has given talks and lectures in over 30 Institutions and Countries around the world.
Dr. Meera Sethi
Dr. Sethi is a senior Migration Policy Advisor with 35 years of international, regional and national level experience in Africa, South Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Ms. Sethi has a track record in managing humanitarian, development and migration management programmes in various regions. Ms. Sethi, retired in January 2017, as Director General’s Special Envoy to India, after 22 years of service from the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM).
As Chief of Mission, Turkey, Ms. Sethi led IOMs complex emergency response during the Syrian crises and also initiated several migration management programmes aimed at aligning Turkey with the European Union accession process (2010-2015). On her return from Turkey to Geneva, she served as the Head of the International Partnership Department tasked with providing technical, secretariat and policy support worldwide to inter-state regional consultative processes (RCPs) and inter-regional forums (IRF) on migration.
As Senior Regional Advisor (SRA) for Sub Saharan Africa covering 47 countries (Jan. 2004 to Sept. 2009) and as SRA/South Asia covering 8 countries (Oct. 2009 to Sept. 2010), her primary responsibilities comprised of supporting the Director General, Deputy Director General and IOM regional and country missions to promote IOMs global strategy and core mandate in the region. It also included liaison with IOM member States on regional issues (administrative, operational & programmatic) concerning the IOM Council and the Executive Committee. Enhancing IOM cooperation with the Regional economic communities/institutions in SSA and South Asia as well with the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP), the European Union, Least Developed Countries (LDC), Commonwealth Secretariat, OECD and civil society were amongst her duties.
Whilst in Africa (1995-2003), she opened the IOM Country office in Ethiopia and negotiated various agreements, most importantly the host country agreement on granting immunities and privileges to IOM and thereafter the cooperation agreement with the Organization of African Unity (OAU)/African Union granting observer status to IOM. She contrib¬¬uted to high-level policy dialogues, technical reports/papers and resolutions adopted by Heads of State on migration in Africa. From August 1990 until March 1995 when she joined IOM, she worked with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) and ILO (one year) in the areas of human resource development, return of skills programmes for Africa and capacity building.
She has over 8 years of international teaching/training experience in the United States (1987-89), Ethiopia (1983-86 & 1990–91) and Zambia (1976) at the higher education level. Currently, she is an International Consultant with the International Centre for Migration Policy and Development (ICMPD) working on the EU-India Cooperation and Dialogue on Migration and Mobility (CDMM) project.
Dr. Sethi has a PhD in Public Administration and Comparative Government from Northern Illinois University, USA. Her graduate studies were in Political Development at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India following her degree in Political Science Honors with Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India.
Dr. Priya Deshingkar
- The DFID funded Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium,
- The Capitalising Human Mobility for Poverty Alleviation and Inclusive Development project in Myanmar (CHIME)
- Research in Myanmar under The British Academy Tackling Slavery programme