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Jonathan Crush is a Professor in the School of International Policy and Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and held the CIGI Research Chair in Global Migration and Development from 2012-2019.  He recently completed a ten-year term as Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa,and is now Professor Extraordinary at the University of Western Cape, South Africa.He founded the Southern African Migration Programme (www.samponline.net) and is the Director of the Hungry Cities Partnership (www.hungrycities.net) and its new Migration and Food Security (MiFOOD) Project in partnership with IIMAD.  He has researched and published extensively on global and African migration and development issues including the books Zimbabwe’s Exodus: Crisis, Migration, Survival and Mean Streets: Migration,Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa.

Anu Abraham is a Ph.D. Scholar in Economics from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. Her PhD focuses on the interaction between migration and development. Her primary research focus is in the area of development economics with a focus on migration, remittances, labour and human capital. She also works on inequality, economic and social mobility analysis and gender. She is currently working as Assistant Professor at the School of Economics, NMIMS (deemed to be) University.  She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on research methodology, development economics and public finance and policy.

Mohd Imran Khan is currently teaching at School of economics, NMIMS, Mumbai. He has completed his Ph.D. (Economics) at Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has taught courses both at graduate and undergraduate level. He has also been associated with different national and international organizations as part of various research projects related to poverty, housing, employment and inequalities in India. His primary interests are in the field of labour and development economics. Specific topics of interests include labour migration, labour markets in developing countries, education, remittances, health, social and economic inequality, housing, employment, and programme evaluation.

Kavita has 17 plus years of experience in Academics, Psychological assessments and People development initiatives. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Kerala and is a certified psychometrician from CII. She has been a master facilitator for multiple companies in designing and facilitating competency-based management systems in India and South-East Asian countries. Currently, she is serving for Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, a deemed university as Assistant Professor in the Psychology department
Her expertise lies in designing and administration of Psychometrics, Psychological tools, Assessment development centres, CBM, Soft Skill Training, Entrepreneurial Development, Motivational talks, and Research and data interpretations. She held senior-level roles and led projects and processes in India, Srilanka, Middle-east, and Indonesia. Besides, she had been the guest faculty with multiple premium educational institutes in India and also the soft skill trainer with corporate houses and govt. agencies. She has 350 plus ADCs and 1000 above personal interviews for different work settings to her credit. She is a regular columnist with one of the regional papers and also periodically contributes through talk shows in Doordarshan about various psychological aspects.

Anjana Rajagopalan is currently a Policy Analyst with the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability in Delhi. She is a trained economist with a PhD in Labour Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Her doctoral thesis focused on workforce diversification patterns and trends in India since the 1980s, stressing on drivers of structural change in India’s employment scenario over time and also investigating the premature deindustrialization hypothesis in India. Anjana’s research has been a synthesis of theoretical and empirical investigations along with contemporary policy dynamics on the subjects of employment, skills, migration and urbanisation. She has worked as a Young Professional with the erstwhile Planning Commission of India in the Perspective Planning Division. She is also a guest researcher at the University of Cologne.

Rakesh Ranjan Kumar is a trained economist with a PhD in Labour Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. His doctoral thesis focused on issues of youth employment, skill development and technology interface in India since 1991. His MPhil from Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum investigated the dynamics of economic mobility, migration and capability using data from the Kerala Migration Surveys. He has worked intensively in the fields of employment, skills and migration. He has also conducted field surveys for some ILO projects and has taught under-graduate courses of economics at Munger and Delhi Universities.

Arjun Singh Bedi is Deputy Rector for Research and Professor of Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Prior to joining ISS, he held positions at the University of Bonn and Columbia University. His research focuses on labour and human resource economics in developing countries. His work has been published in several international economics and development studies journals including European Economic Review, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Health Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Applied Economics, Labour Economics, Economics of Transition, Economics of Education Review and World Development.

Margaret Walton-Roberts is a professor in the Geography and Environmental studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University, and affiliated to the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo Ontario. She has published widely in issues related to gender and migration, and global health professional migration. Her forthcoming edited collection is Global Migration, Gender and Health Professional Credentials: Transnational Value Transfers and Losses due to be published by University of Toronto Press in 2021.

Marie Percot is a French anthropologist. She started her studies with a Master degree in Hindi and Indian civilization at the INALCO (National Institute for Eastern Languages and Civilization, Paris) and she completed them in the department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Sorbonne University (Paris) She has worked extensively on migration in South Asia. For a long time, she has studied the migration of Indian nurses to the Gulf countries. Over this past decade, she has conducted researches in Bangladesh. At first, on rural-urban migration linked to environmental stress, thanks to a contract with the Refugees Studies Centre of Oxford University. Then, as part of a project directed by the REALM program (Columbia University), she has focused on the migration of Bangladeshis to Oman. She is also working on migration of Bangladeshi villagers to India.

Marie Percot has always worked as freelance researcher. She has for a long time been associated to the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Urbaine (CNRS) (Laboratory of Urban Anthropology, French National Council for Scientific Research), then to the Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Anthropologie du Contemporain (CNRS/Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). For more than 30 years now, she has been working under contracts of numerous French institutions (Ministries, regional authorities…) as well as of international institutions (Oxford University, Columbia University…).

Jyoti Parimal Sarkar is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Economics at SES’s L.S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai and she is also the Coordinator of B.Com (Banking and Insurance) Department of this college. She is a trained economist with a PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Her doctoral work completed at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), JNU focused on the linkage between migration (both internal and international) and its diversified development in geographically and demographically diversified regions of West Bengal.