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Meet-and-greet 10

Meet-and-greet hosted by Runa Khan (Friendship NGO)

29 Sep. / 10:00 - 11:00

Hosted by
Runa Khan
Meet-and-greets are a great way to get to know some of your fellow participants in a small informal space, chat with highly experienced adaptation practitioners and build your networks. Without an in-person conference, think of the meet-and-greets as a virtual coffee break, where you can ask direct questions of the people you want to talk to! In the last two years, participants at meet-and-greets have met new partners, collaborators, donors and friends!

About the host

Runa Khan is the Founder of Friendship, an International Social Purpose Organisation established in 2002, and Friendship International operating from five European countries. Friendship works for the most vulnerable and remote communities in Bangladesh for Saving Lives, Poverty Alleviation, Climate Adaptation and Empowerment, bringing direct services to 7 million lives a year.

Runa is an advocate of climate change, human rights, women empowerment, leadership, and importance of nurturing human values. She has authored 8 children’s books and her work has been featured in various international publications, including Harvard Business School, Reuters, and BBC.

Besides being the recipient of many international awards including, Green Award (2016), Social Entrepreneur Award by IsDB (2008), Rolex Award for Entrepreneurship (2006), she is an Ashoka fellow, Schwab social entrepreneur and the only Rolex Laureate from Bangladesh. She has delivered lectures worldwide at international conferences and Universities, including International Dialogue on Migration of IOM, WEF, Universities such as Colombia, Cornell, HEC Paris, Munich, Sorbonne, INSEAD, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

She is also a board member of Global Dignity, Advisory Council member of British Asian Trust Bangladesh, Honorary President of the One Sustainable Health Forum Approach, and an Honorary Trustee of Duke of Edinburgh Award Bangladesh.

Funding Partners

CARE International works in 100 countries, helping millions of the world’s poorest people find routes out of poverty and achieve social justice.
Global Resilience Partnership (GRP)
GRP is an inclusive and diverse partnership of organisations joining forces towards a world where vulnerable people and places are able to thrive in the face of shocks, uncertainty and change.
Climate Justice Resilience Fund
CJRF builds voice and power in the communities hit first by climate change. To survive and thrive on a warming planet they need voice, power, and the opportunity to innovate. CJRF helps these communities create and share their own solutions for resilience.
Irish Aid
Irish Aid invest in research that builds evidence on how poor people and countries can best adapt, reduce risk, and build their resilience to withstand future set-backs and disasters.
Practical Action
Practical Action works with communities to develop ingenious solutions in agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. Then we share what’s proven to work with others, so many more people can change their world.
Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO)
GAYO is a youth-led gender-balanced advocacy organisation who work directly with local communities to reduce the vulnerability of groups that are at risk to climate impacts, through youth empowerment, skills development and public education.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
IIED is an international policy and action research organisation delivering solutions to sustainable development challenges. Working with partners across the globe, IIED links local priorities to global challenges.