Ilhom Abdulloev is the executive director of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Tajikistan. He holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the Rutgers University (2009-2013, USA), and the degree of Master of Letters from the University of Saint Andrews (2003-2004, the UK).
Prior to undertaking his Ph.D. studies, Ilhom worked as a Coordinator of Economic and Business Development program and later as the Grant Manager at the Open Society Institute in Tajikistan. Ilhom managed different Open Society Institute projects on tourism development, third party and international commercial arbitrations, microfinancing and business counseling. He is actively involved in designing the returned migrants reintegration program. Prior to joining the OSF, Ilhom worked as an economist at the State Statistical Agency and a deputy Head of the Department of International Relations of the Executive Committee of the capital of Tajikistan – Dushanbe city.
Ilhom is also an academic researcher studying the effects of migration on economic lives of people who remain in migrants' source countries. He worked as the WB’s short-term consultant on migration and skills research, and JICA’s collaborating researcher on remittances and household finances in Tajikistan. He is the Chair of Advisory Board of Microcredit & Deposit Organization ‘Humo’. His Master and Ph.D. studies were supported by an Open Society Institute scholarship. His dissertation was awarded the Alfred S. Eichner Prize in Economics and the Monroe Berkowitz Memorial Award by Rutgers University in 2013.
He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in July 2013 and became a Research Fellow in January 2016.