Ilhom Abdulloev is the executive director of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Tajikistan. Abdulloev is also an academic researcher focusing on migration. He is currently the corresponding member of Engineering Academy of Tajikistan. He has consulted for the World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency conducting research on jobs, migration, remittances, and household finances in Tajikistan. He chairs the supervisory board of Humo, a Tajik microcredit and deposit organization. Abdulloev joined the Open Society Foundations in November 2002, as a coordinator for the Economic and Business Development Program. He later worked as a grants manager and program director for business development, migration, and arts and culture.
Prior to joining Open Society, Abdulloev was an economist at the State Statistical Agency and was deputy head of the Dushanbe Executive Committee’s Department of International Relations.
Abdulloev graduated from the Tajik National University, and earned a PhD in the philosophy of economics from Rutgers University and an MLitt from the University of Saint Andrews. His graduate studies were supported by Open Society scholarships and his PhD dissertation won Rutgers University’s Alfred S. Eichner Prize in Economics and the Monroe Berkowitz Memorial Award.
He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in July 2013 and became a Research Fellow in January 2016.