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is a doctoral fellow, researching on ‘Return of Asians to Uganda after Expulsion: Their Role, Contributions and Challenges, 1991-2017’. She has completed her Graduation in Political Science Hons. from Miranda House, Delhi University and Masters and M.Phil. in International Relations from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has been awarded ICSSR doctoral fellowship. She has presented several papers at national and International conferences in India and abroad on various Diaspora issues. Her research interest is centered on Diaspora studies. She has also published a paper titled ‘Indian women Diaspora in East Africa, Challenges of Migration and Settlement’ in the Asian Journal of African Studies, Vol 44.
is an ICSSR Doctoral Research Fellow at CAS/JNU. He holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from University of Delhi, Masters from Jamia Millia Islamia and consequently M.Phil. from the prestigious School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His areas of specialization are Diaspora studies and migration. Aditya is a recipient of ICSSR Doctoral National Fellowship. He also participated at the 1st Young Africanist Camp held at Hankuk University of Foreign studies (HUFS) Seoul, South Korea.
DR. AMIT SINGH
is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, ARSD College, University of Delhi. He received his PhD from JNU and is also a Book Review Editor, Diaspora Studies, Taylor & Francis, London. He also associated as Honorary Director, The India Institute, Joint Secretary & Conference Coordinator, Organisation of Diaspora Initiatives (ODI), New Delhi, National Advisory Council Member of Centre for Human Security Studies, Hyderabad, Editorial Advisor, The Nationalist, E-Journal of the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. He worked with the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi from 2010-2014. He was also a visiting Research Scholar, Yayasan Strategik Sosial, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He also taught Political Science at the Amity University, Gurgaon, Zakir Husain Delhi College and Motilal Nehru College, DU. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
DR. BASHABI GUPTA
is an Assistant Professor at the premier women’s college Miranda House, University of Delhi. She has completed her research from the Centre for Studies in Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research interests are centered on Indian Diaspora in Europe and Comparative Migration Histories.
resides in New Delhi. He holds a MSC (Eco), University of Bardford; M.Phil (JNU); MBA (MDI) and is currently pursuing his PhD in Diaspora related issues in CAS, JNU. His main areas of interest are Economics, Diaspora, India Mauritius relationship. Diaspora and International Relation and international Taxation. He can be reached at bkpandey56@ hotmail.com
is a doctoral fellow, researching on Foreign Policy of Mauritius, 2001-2016: Diasporas as a Determinant. She has completed her M.Phil. in International Relations from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has been awarded ICSSR doctoral fellowship and is NET qualified. She has presented several papers at national and International conferences in India and abroad on various Diaspora issues. Her research interest is centered on Indian Diaspora and Diaspora studies. She has published a paper titled Indian Diaspora as a Determinant of Foreign Policy: A Case Study of Mauritius in Adroitic -An International Refereed Research Journal, Vol 4, No. 1, July - September 2017, ISSN no. 2349-6274. She is also the Editorial Associate of Insight on Africa journal, SAGE Publications.
DR. GAUTAM KUMAR JHA
is the Professor at Centre for Chinese & Southeast Asian Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, New Delhi: 110067. His area of interest is Government, Society & Politics, Southeast Asian Affairs, Indian Diaspora and Bahasa Indonesia. He is carrying out research and translation of Indonesian-Indian Folklore under UPE II since 2015 till 2019. He is also the Recipient of National Level Awards and Token of Appreciation from Indonesian Minister of Commerce in 1999 by Professor Hartarto, for disseminating Indonesian language and culture in India.
is a PhD student from Center from African studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has an interest in diaspora studies and she is currently working on ‘Contribution of Indian Academics to Ethiopia: 1940-2017’ as her PhD topic. She did her M.Phil on Indian Diaspora in Ethiopia. Her other interests are on the various aspects of India-Africa relations. She had also attended Young Scholars Conference on ‘Global Indian Diaspora: It’s Contribution in Retention of Indian Culture and India Connect’ on 22nd-23rd January 2019 at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and a Young Scholars interaction and also participated at a poster presentation at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies on 23-27th October, 2018.
is a doctoral fellow, researching on Engagement of Anglophone Africa with Malaysia, 2001-2016. He has completed his M.Phil in International Relations from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is NET qualified and has been awarded Indian Council of Social Science (ICSSR). He is a member of Organization for Diaspora Initiatives, International (ODI).
DR. NEHA SINHA
is an Associate Fellow (African Region) at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF). She did her Graduation and Masters in Political Science from Delhi University. She has a specialisation in the African region and has completed her MPhil. and PhD from the Center for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi India. The topics of her thesis was ‘Role, Identity and Contribution of Indian Diaspora in Mozambique: 1945-2012’. Presently, she is also associated with Diplomacy and Beyond Plus Magazine and works as a Chief Editorial Advisor. Her publication includes several articles, commentaries, Issue Briefs, book reviews and Occasional papers. She has also travelled to various countries for research work and projects
is currently pursuing Ph.D in Centre for African Studies, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He completed M.Phil in Centre for African Studies, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He completed Masters in History in 2013 from ManavBharti University, Solan with 1st Division and graduated in 2010 from Rajdhani College, University of Delhi with 2ndDivision. He presented a paper on Indian Indenture Diaspora: The Exploitation and Struggles, International Young Scholar Conference, JNU, 23 March 2018 and Migration process of Indentureship in Francophone Africa region: Experiences of Retention of Indian Culture, International conference, BHU, 22-23 Jan 2019
A is a PhD student from Center from African studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is currently working on ‘The Diaspora Engagement policy of Ethiopia: 2002-2018’ for her PhD topic. She did her M.Phil. on Major Power Military presence in Djibouti: Implication for India. Other than Diaspora she also has an interest on the various aspects of India-Africa relations.
ensures that the goal is achieved to the satisfaction of all parties. After her studies Bachelor of Science in Business Economics at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Seema worked at the Ministry of Justice and Police as a Policy Officer at the Head Office. Meanwhile gained her MBA at the School of Management in Maastricht, Netherlands. Seema likes to carry out projects related to Change and Risk management, as well as International Relations. In January 2018, she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Policy Officer and is presently mastering knowledge and expanding her experience in India in the field of Political Science and International Relations with the emphasis on diplomacy and diaspora development. She is a proud PIO (5th generation) personally and professionally exploring her roots in India.
DR. SHEETAL SHARMA
is Assistant Professor at the Centre for European Studies. Dr. Sharma holds a BA (Hon) in Sociology from the University of Delhi, and a post graduate and doctorate degree in Sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research interests include social and cultural issues in contemporary Europe and India and their historical roots, Multiculturalism and Diversity, Methodology of Social Sciences, Gender and empowerment of women. She has completed Video Lecture Series in Sociology for CIET, NCERT’ s project NROER (National Repository for Educational Resources and Training, these lectures can be accessed on NROER website).
DR. SUSHMITA RAJWAR
is currently Assistant Professor at Department of Political Science, Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi. She has completed her Ph.D from Department of African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been an active member of Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI), New Delhi. Dr. Rajwar has published articles on topics like Indian Diaspora in Africa, India-Mozambique Relations, Indian Diaspora in Mozambique, Disputed boundary between South Africa and Namibia, India-China in Africa, Challenges facing China in Zambia and many more. She has presented papers in many conferences and workshops in India and abroad on topics related mostly to Indian Diaspora in African countries and India-China in Africa
MEGHNA RIA MURALIDHARAN
is currently pursuing her MPhil in the Center for African Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. She received her postgraduate degree in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). Her area of interest is Diaspora Politics, including the role of Indian diaspora across the globe especially in Africa. She has also published few online articles related to India-Africa relations and the Security Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.
is a Senior Law Lecturer at the Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka. She was awarded a grant under the Post Graduate Grants Scheme to pursue her PhD at the National Law School of India University Bangalore and also a grant to pursue her post graduate studies (LLM). Yasodara has written and presented numerous papers and publications, namely on PIOs and Human Rights. To name a few - “Human Smuggling – Implications on Rights of Migrants: An examination from the standpoint of International Law”; “Securing and Establishing Rights of PIOs in Selected Countries”. Yasodara has served in various University Committees and Board
is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), National University of Malaysia (UKM). Her research interests are anchored primarily in cultural studies with particular reference to diaspora and transnationalism, ethnic diversity, and religious mobilities, especially in the context of global South Asian communities. She has headed a number of research projects on transnationalism and cultural identity, held Research Fellowships at the University of Queensland, Australia and the Asia Research Institute, Singapore, and has published widely in the areas of her expertise, including Colonial Visions, Postcolonial Revisions: Images of the Indian Diaspora of Malaysia (2007), a seminal volume on the socio-cultural polemics of Malaysian Indian identity.
(PhD) is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has researched and published works on online learning and teacher professional development. Her research interests include technologybased language learning and the impact of new media in society.
PROFESSOR DASARATH CHETTY
(PhD) is a Project Executive at the Ethekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa), an Adjunct Professor at the Durban University of Technology and a Visiting Professor at the University of Wuppertal in Germany (2019-2022). He formerly served as Pro-ViceChancellor and Executive Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications of University of KwaZulu-Natal and prior to that as Director of Corporate Development and as a Professor of Sociology.
was born on 27.06.1958 at Dhenkanal, Odisha, India. He did B.A. (Political Science Honours) from B.J.B. College, Bhubaneswar, Odisha in 1978 and M.A. (Political Science) from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi in 1980. In the year 1981, he joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). In his career in IFS, Mr. Pradhan had served in various capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi as well as in Indian Missions abroad such as in Kenya, Bangladesh, Austria, Argentina, Nigeria, the Netherlands and Iran. Later, he served as Ambassador of India to Angola, Chile and Norway from 20092018. After a long career of 37 years, he retired from IFS in June 2018. Recently in February 2019, he joined the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India as its Director General-International Relations.