Former doctoral student Ilhom Abdulloev has been appointed Executive Director of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan. Ilhom joined the Open Society Foundations in 2002 as coordinator of economic and business development in Tajikistan. Chair of the supervisory board of the microcredit and deposit organization Humo, Ilhom is also an academic researcher studying the effects of migration on the economic lives of people who remain in migrants' source countries. He is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany; a consultant on jobs, migration, and skills for the World Bank; and a collaborating researcher on remittances and household finances for the Japan International Cooperation Agency. With the support of an Open Society scholarship, Ilhom earned a doctorate in economics from Rutgers University in the United States (where his dissertation in 2013 was awarded the Alfred S. Eichner Prize in Economics and the Monroe Berkowitz Memorial Award).