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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.
Christian Eigen-Zucchi is a Senior Economist in the Development Economics - Prospects Group, where his responsibilities include monitoring remittance and migration flows, conducting research, supporting country programs on this growing agenda, and contributing to the implementation of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD). He holds a PhD in Economics from George Mason University (2001), where he focused on public choice, institutional economics, growth, international finance and monetary economics. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the Institute of International Finance. He joined the World Bank in 2001 as a core team member on the 2003 World Development Report, and subsequently worked in the South Asia Economic Policy Department on Bhutan, the Maldives, Pakistan and India, as well as serving in Managing Director Mahmoud Mohieldin's office.
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.
Harifera Raobelison is a Senior Program Assistant in the Development Economics, Prospects Group, where she provides support to the Migration & Remittances Team, including on the implementation of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD). Prior to joining the Migration & Remittances team, Harifera worked in the World Bank Group's Investment Climate Department, and the World Bank's Africa Region, more specifically the Indian Ocean countries, then West Africa. Harifera holds a Bachelor's degree in English and French languages from the University of Madagascar, and a Certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University.
Hanspeter Wyss is a Senior Program Officer in the Development Economics - Prospects Group, where his responsibilities include several migration-related issues like supporting country programs on this growing agenda, and contributing to the implementation of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) as focal point for the themes "integration issues in host communities", "migrant rights and social aspects of migration", and "environmental change and migration". He holds a Master degree in Economics from Zurich University (1995), where he focused on institutional economics, public choice and environmental economics. Prior to joining the Migration and Remittances Team at the World Bank in July 2013, he worked at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for 15 years in different functions at country level (Benin) as well as at the HQ (management for development results, quality assurance, and relationship management with Multilateral Organisations as well as multilateral negotiations in the area of sustainable development).
Soonhwa Yi is a Senior Economist in the Development Economics Prospect Group (DECPG) of the World Bank. Her responsibilities include, among others: act as a focal point for three thematic working groups of the KNOMAD, involve in donor funding activities and write papers and policy briefs. Prior to joining the DECPG, she gained her operational experience in the Philippines, including managing a migration work program, and contributed to IDA replenishments, working on low-income countries' growth, debt sustainability and aid effectiveness. Before joining the World Bank, Soonhwa conducted research on identifying best practice policies for liberalizing and facilitating services trade, including movement of natural persons, at the Organization of American States, and carried out projects on identifying Menu of Options for services trade liberalization in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.