TEAM

EXECUTIVE ADVISORS

Dr. A. Didar Singh

Dr. A. Didar Singh

Executive Advisor

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 ILO’s ‘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 Organisation 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 Organisation; 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. S. Irudaya Rajan

Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan

Executive Advisor

Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan is a leading regional and global migration scholar, with over two decades of research experience on migration and demographic dynamics. As Professor and Chair of the Research Unit on International Migration at the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India, Dr. Rajan has coordinated numerous national and international research projects with organizations such as the ILO, IOM, UN agencies, EU, IDRC and World Bank, conducted several migration surveys in India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Goa) and the Gulf (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar), provided advisory support to State and National committees on migration governance, and facilitated the formation of research networks and collaborations by organizing conferences, workshops, and annual training programs for young scholars. He is a member of the National expert group on developing migration policy, editor-in-chief of the international journal Migration and Development, series editor of the India Migration Report and South Asian Migration Report, and has served on the International Advisory Committee of the Global Forum on Migration and Development and Core Group on Gender Responsive Labour Migration Management of UN Women, New Delhi.

Dr. Priya Deshingkar

Dr. Priya Deshingkar

Executive Advisor

Dr Priya Deshingkar is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Global Studies and Principal Investigator of three research programmes

⦁ 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

Her research focuses on migration and poverty with a focus on precarity and agency, migration brokerage and the migration industry, trafficking, modern slavery, migration and development. As Research Director of MOOP, Priya has played a key role in designing and overseeing mixed methods research in five global regions: South and Southeast Asia as well as East, West and Southern Africa where she has worked closely with the Asia Research Institute in Singapore, The Centre for Migration Studies in Ghana and The African Centre for Migration and Society in South Africa. She has also developed a strand of work within the consortium on the migration industry which has resulted in path-breaking research on brokerage in the migration of domestic workers in Ghana and brokerage in the migration of low skilled construction workers from Bangladesh to Qatar. As the PI of the CHIME project, Priya has designed and led mixed methods research in four regions of Myanmar which will yield unique evidence on migration drivers and process in the country. Priya holds a PhD from the Institute of Development Studies and is an internationally recognised authority on internal migration. She has played a key role in influencing the global policy discourse on internal migration and development. Her most recent book is Circular Migration and Multilocational Livelihood Strategies in India (co-edited with John Farrington, 2009). Until 2009, Dr Deshingkar was Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute.

Dr. Meera Sethi

Dr. Meera Sethi

Executive Advisor

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. Dr. Sethi has a track record in managing humanitarian, development and migration management programmes in various regions. Dr. Sethi, retired in January 2017 as Director General’s Special Envoy to India, after 22 years of service to the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM). As Chief of Mission, Turkey, Dr. Sethi led IOM’s complex emergency response during the Syrian crisis 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 supporting the Director General, Deputy Director General and IOM regional and country missions to promote IOM’s 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 among 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 Organszation of African Unity (OAU)/African Union granting observer status to IOM. She contributed 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 at Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India.

Dave Wallack

Dave Wallack

Executive Advisor

Dave Wallack was a founding trustee of IFMR Trust, a private trust with the mission of proving complete access to finance for every individual and every enterprise in India. Dave led innovation and leadership across the IFMR Trust group while serving as Executive Director and Chief Design Officer of IFMR Rural Finance and CEO of IFMR Ventures. Previously, Dave was a political campaign consultant for statewide and national level political candidates and nonprofits and an executive coach working with executives in technology and entertainment. He received his MBA from Stanford University and did graduate study in Demography at Georgetown University.

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