Throughout the Global South, net exporters of intellectual human capital have long experimented on various strategies for mitigating, if not reversing, “brain drain” from their respective nations. Professor William F.S. Miles will focus on a comparative study of public and private efforts to attract the return or reengagement of high-value expats from three countries over the last four decades. The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented global disruption and witnessed a lot of cross border movements and migration of skilled workers. Policy implications resulting from the pandemic will particularly be emphasized on.