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