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Martin Russell

Martin completed his PhD at the Clinton Institute (University College Dublin), where his research focused on the role of the Irish diaspora in the Northern Ireland Peace Process examining areas such as diaspora media, diaspora philanthropy, and diaspora politics. He is the founder of Global Diaspora Insights (GDI). 

GDI provides advisory, research, policy, and training services on diaspora engagement through its in-house expertise and network of global experts. In collaboration with partners, GDI has contributed to diaspora engagement in over 50 countries for a variety of public, private, and third sector clients. 

Martin currently sits on the Advisory Board of Ireland Reaching Out, which is a volunteer-based, non-profit initiative that connects people of Irish heritage with their place of origin in Ireland and he is an advisor at The Networking Institute. Previously, he was a visiting fellow at the United Nations University in Maastricht (UNU-MERIT) and served a full-term on the Executive Advisory Council of the African Diaspora Network based in Silicon Valley.

Martin has a strong and varied publication record on diaspora engagement including work supported by several governments as well as the African Development Bank Group, African Union, European Union, United Nations, and others. His most recent academic publication was ‘Diaspora Philanthropy: Unlocking New Portals for Diplomacy and Development’ in the first edition of the Routledge International Handbook of Diaspora Diplomacy. He has also participated in or co-chaired organising committees for several flagship global convenings on diaspora engagement including the inaugural Global Diaspora Summit co-hosted by the Government of Ireland and U.N. Agency for Migration in 2022.