Meet the Team

Froilan Malit, Jr., University of Cambridge 
Founder | Managing Director

Froilan Malit, Jr. specializes in labour migration, labour rights, diplomacy, and international relations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He is an incoming visiting fellow at King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, an Associate at the Gulf Labour Markets and Migration (GLMM) and Population Programme, a CIFAL Research Fellow at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and an Associate Member at the Center for the Study of Global Human Movement at the University of Cambridge. He also held visiting scholar and consulting positions at Zayed University, the American University of Sharjah, Madarek Al Khalij, and the University of Southern California, and completed various graduate research work projects on migration, diaspora, disability, and public policy in multiple academic institutions, including the University of Oxford, Cornell University, Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, and among others.

Over the past decade, he previously worked for the Abu Dhabi Dialogue’s Permanent Office (an inter-regional consultative dialogue platform on migration issues) and the Philippine government (specifically under the Office of the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE), completed migration policy projects for international organisations (ILO, IOM), academic and think-tank institutions in the Middle East, and held NGO internships (including Migrante International – Toronto Chapter).

Mr. Malit has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, working papers, and technical reports for international organisations on migration policy issues affecting Asian and African low-income migrant workers in the Middle East region. His op-ed articles appeared in various global think-tank organisations, including the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), GLMM, Al-Monitor, and other newspaper media outlets in Asia. He recently co-edited a book volume, Recent Migrations and Refugees in the MENA Region (Transnational Press London, 2019) (with Dr. Rania Khalil), and is currently working on his book manuscript on migration governance and labor/human rights in the Middle East and North Africa region.

He has also delivered his policy studies’ findings n various international forums highlighting diverse labour market and migration policy recommendations, including the ILO (Lebanon and India offices), the IOM Philippines (in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment), Migrant Forum Asia (Philippines), the Center for Migration and International Relations and the Law and Social Forum Justice (Nepal), and other NGOs in Asia. He also regularly provides migration expert opinions to academic institutions, international organisations, governments, and other think-tank and media organisations on labour and human rights and migration governance issues in the Middle East including the New York Times, Reuters, The Guardian, and other local and regional media publications in the Gulf.

He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and a migration certificate from the European University Institute. He is currently a graduate student in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge, studying migration diplomacy, authoritarianism, labour rights, human rights, and sovereignty.

Selected  Publications:

  1. (2021) Migration Diplomacy in the Gulf: Non-State Actors, Cross Border Mobility, and the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (open access) (with Gerasimos Tsourapas). Download.
  2. (2021) Weapons of the Weak? South-South Migration and Power Politics in the Philippine-GCC Corridor. Global Studies Quarterly (Oxford Press, open access) (with Gerasimos Tsourapas). Download
  3. (2021). Limits of State Protection? Emigration States and Interstate Diplomacy During the COVID19 Pandemic in the Gulf. Lahore School of Economics Press. Forthcoming (with Anuj Tiwari).
  4. (2020). Migration and the COVID19 Pandemic in the Gulf: A Study of Foreign Worker Communities’ Coping Attitudes, Practices, and Future Prospects in Dubai and Jeddah. Konrad Adenaur Stiftung (with Fahad AlSharif). Download.
  5. (2020). Labor Migration and Deskilling in the United Arab Emirates. Impacts on Cameroonian Labor Migrants’ Labor Market Employment Status and Welfare. Migrants and Comparative Education. Brill. (With Tchiapep Oliver). Download.
  6. (2020). Exploitation and the Decision to Migrate: The Role of Abuse and Unfavorable Working Conditions in  Filipina Domestic Workers’ Desire to Return Abroad. IZA Discussion Papers No. 11677. Institute of Labor Economics-Bonn (with George Naufal). Download.
  7. (2019). Building Ethical Cultures in the Gulf Construction Sector. Implications on Corporation’s Quality Management.  Embedding Culture and Quality for High Performing Organizations. Routledge. (with Jenny Knowles-Morrison and Kristian Alexander). Download.
  8. (2019). Conditional Migrant Integration in the United Arab Emirates: Consequences on Foreign Workers’ Welfare. Migration and the Crisis of the Modern Nation State. Vernon Press. (with Jenny Knowles-Morrison and George Naufal). Download.
  9. (2018). The Khadama Dependency Syndrome: Determinants and Prospects for Future Domestic Work Demand in the United Arab Emirates. Arabian Humanities (with Mouawiya AlAwad and Kristian Alexander). Download.
  10. (2017). Labor Migration, Skills Development, and the Future of Work in the GCC Countries. ILO Working Paper. (with George Naufal). Download.
  11. (2017). More Than a Criminal Tool: The Hawala System’s Role as a Critical Remittance Channel for Low-Income Pakistani Migrants in Dubai. Remittance Review (2)2: 63-88 (with Mouawiya AlAwad and George Naufal). Download.
  12. (2017). A New Era for Labor Migration? Migration Letters, 14(1): 113-126 (with Philip Martin). Download.
  13. (2016). Asymmetric Information Under the Kafala Sponsorship System: Impact on Foreign Domestic Workers’ Income and Employment Status. International Migration, 54(5): 76-90 (with George Naufal). Download.
  14. (2016). Contemporary Indian Labor Migration in the GCC Region: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities. Indian Migration Report. Routledge. Download.
  15. (2016). Taxing Remittances: Consequences for Labor Migrant Populations in the GCC. Gulf Labor Markets and Migration (with George Naufal). Download.
  16. (2016). Kenyan Labor Migration to the Gulf Countries: Balancing Economic Interests and Welfare Protection. Migration Policy Institute (with Ali AlYouha). Download.
  17. (2014). Global Civil Society in Qatar and the GCC: Emerging Dilemmas and Opportunities. Migration Policy Institute (with Ali AlYouha). Download.
  18. (2013). Labor Migration in the United Arab Emirates: Challenges and Responses. Migration Policy Institute (with Ali AlYouha). Download.

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Henri Abenis – Macahilo
Editor – in – Chief

Henri Abenis-Macahilo made her mark as a journalist with ABS-CBN Davao as field reporter, news presenter and segment producer for TV Patrol Davao in the 90s, covering politics, police drug war, kidnapping for ransom, Moro secession war, presidential visits and writing human interest stories.

Henri’s journalism and editorial careers in the UAE, started in the mid-2000 as Middle East Editor for Oxygen Magazine, a global health and lifestyle publication, before she was tapped by Dubai government-owned Al Sada Publishing to become the content and fashion editor for Shabab20 Young Plus Teen Magazine.

Henri was later asked to join a pool of Filipino writers and editors of Kabayan Weekly, the first Filipino newspaper in the UAE, culminating her position as editor-in-chief during its transition as news magazine.

She has also worked a staff reporter and content editor for The Filipino Times, a weekly Filipino newspaper where she also pioneered its first webcast TFT in Focus both as scriptwriter and presenter.

Henri joined Philippine-based news website Newsline Philippines in 2017 as its correspondent in the UAE. She was later promoted as UAE bureau chief, a position she still holds at present.

Henri earned her degree in Mass Communications at the Ateneo de Davao University, in Southern Philippines.

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CONTRIBUTORS 

Anurag Devkota is a human rights lawyer at Law and Policy Forum for Social Justice (LAPSOJ) in Nepal. LAPSOJ is an organization established and mentored by lawyers working in the field of rule of law, human rights, and constitutional issues.  He holds an LLM degree on Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) from Loyola University Chicago as a Gates scholar, a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship given to exceptional students.

He was previously associated with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and has been working on the contemporary human rights issues; litigating and representing Nepalese Migrant Workers on the Supreme Court of Nepal. As a labor migration advocate, Mr. Devkota has pioneered progressive changes in the overall migration governance of Nepal, through successful strategic litigations like ensuring the voting rights of migrant workers to establishing due diligence obligation of the government on the death of workers.

He has also been writing columns on the contemporary issues of labor migration and is a faculty member teaching law at Purbanchal University, Chakrawarti Habi Academy College of Law.

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Daphne Padilla is a weekly columnist for Sunstar Davao, an English-language newspaper in the Philippines, and the only major national newspaper based outside Metro Manila. Daphne writes about all interesting topics which focuses on women, reproductive health and sexuality, the environment and issues concerning children and their rights.

She has also worked on projects focusing on communications, gender and development, and rights related issues, with prominent entities like the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, the ARMM Human Rights Commission, and Oceana Philippines, Inc.

Daphne has a thorough background in journalism and video production and finished a graduate degree in applied social research and studies in journalism. She is a former university instructor with 20 years of work experience in teaching communication and writing.

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Rhoderick Ople is the president of Overseas Filipino Workers Watch in Italy (OFW Watch-Italy), a pro-migrant and a nonprofit organization of Filipino migrant workers in Italy, which aims to promote and protect the rights and welfare of overseas Filipino workers in the country.

His journalistic background will be traced back to his university years in the 90s, when he used to work as senior staff writer of Pacesetter- the official student publication of Bulacan State University in the Philippines. He is currently writing for Ako ay Pilipino (I Am Filipino) – a Filipino news publication in Italy.

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Anuj Tiwari is an academician at heart; his educational trajectory has largely been in the field of international relations and security studies. He is currently working at the Center for Research and Development (CERAD), King’s College, as a senior researcher.

His work entails enriching knowledge, creation and dissemination in the field of entrepreneurship, education and labour migration/economics amongst wider audiences in Nepal and beyond.

Anuj is also faculty member at Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is also serving as a Board of Directors at Center for Migration and International Relations (CMIR), an organization dedicated to the service of Nepali migrant workers. At CMIR, he bears the role of a keen advisor on the multifaceted issue of migration and international relations.

He holds a doctoral degree in International Relations from University of Warsaw, Poland. Prior to that, he completed his Masters in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies coordinated by Tribhuvan University (Nepal), University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka) and Eastern University (Sri Lanka).

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Santosh Adhikari is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Science at the University of Tasmania in Australia. He is researching policy issues in migration and remittance management by developing countries and their sustainable utilization in the domestic economy.

Santosh is a trained Agricultural Economist, who is currently on-leave from Nepal’s Ministry of Agricultural Development while he undertakes his PhD. During his tenure at Ministry, he was involved in multiple tasks and his quality service delivery to tangible outcomes in people’s lives and perseverance to keep high institutional morale honoured.

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Marc Capistrano is a champion for ethical recruitment and an advocate for the
Overseas Filipino Worker. He continues to champion this cause to this day as he still
actively manages the operations at Staffhouse – which was awarded as the No. 1 Deploying
Agency in the Philippines for Skilled Workers for two years in a row now (2018-2019). No
small feat considering that they were able to garner the top position while adhering to
the most stringent of ethical standards.

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Naresh Sen is an NLP Coach. He is currently the Secretary General, member of the Board of Directors and former Vice President of Nepal Association – NRNA, UAE Community. He is a doctoral graduand in Business Administrator at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Hari Krishna Neupane is a Kuwait-based journalist. He is an active member of Shramik Sanjal Kuwait, a migrant advocacy group focusing on Gulf and Malaysia.