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Mr. Ratha is a Lead Economist in the Development Prospects Group. He currently heads the DEC-PREM Migration and Remittances Unit at the World Bank. A recognized expert on migration, remittances, and innovative financing, he is the author of the article "Workers' Remittances: An Important and Stable Source of External Development Finance," a lead author of the World Bank flagship Global Economic Prospects 2006: Economic Implications of Remittances and Migration, and edited volume Remittances: Development Impact and Future Prospects. According to a New York Times article, "No one has done more than Mr. Ratha to make migration and its potential rewards a top-of-the-agenda concern in the world's development ministries." He has advised many governments and played a leading role in international and inter-governmental forums including the Global Forum on Migration and Development, the G8 Global Remittances Working Group, and World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on migration. Reflecting his deep interest in financing development in poor countries, he recently edited Innovative Financing for Development featuring his work on shadow sovereign rating, diaspora bonds, and future-flow securitization. A sought-after speaker, he is frequently interviewed in leading TV, radio and print media. He also hosts People Move, a widely-read blog. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as a regional economist for Asia at Credit Agricole Indosuez; an assistant professor of economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and an economist at the Policy Group, New Delhi. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi.
Sonia Plaza is a Senior Economist in the Development Economics Prospect Group of the World Bank. She has worked on Science and Technology projects in Latin American. In the Africa region, she co-authored a major analytical survey of migration and development. Ms Plaza also worked at the Chase Manhattan Bank and at the Peruvian Ministry of Trade as a manager responsible for trade and debt swap agreements. She has a dual degree from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania in International Economics and Development. She has published on migration, remittances, mobilizing the diaspora for trade, investment and technology transfer.
Ani joined the World Bank in April 2008. He received a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors in Economics with High Honors from Swarthmore College. He also attended the International Baccalaureate program at the United World College in Norway. He has worked on microfinance in Nepal, on which he wrote his honors thesis. Before graduate school, he worked as a risk analyst for an energy-trading company in Philadelphia.