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Vani Saraswathi

Associate Editor and Director of Projects
I moved to Qatar in 1999, working with several local and regional publications, and launching some of Qatar’s leading periodicals during her 17 year stint there. I reported regularly on human rights issues in Qatar for publications in India. During my stay in Qatar she, along with likeminded people, mobilised a grassroots community to help migrants in distress. Since 2014, with Migrant-Rights.org I organise advocacy projects targeting individual employers, embassies, recruitment agents and businesses in Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and UAE, working with nationals and longterm residents in these countries.
I report for MR and recently released a book, Stories of Origin, that reports on the lived experiences of migrants and families in home countries. The idea is to personalise these stories and the people for the Gulf audience, and help change the negative narrative surrounding migration in the GCC states.
I also contribute as an expert commentator on issues related to human rights in the GCC for various international publications.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, November 27

8:30am CET