Bangladesh

Executive Director of Friendship

Runa Khan co-founded Friendship in 1998 to provide health care through a mobile floating hospital to the poorest of the poor of the chars of the River Brahmaputra. She graduated from Lady Brabourne College in Calcutta and later completed another Bachelor’s degree from Eden College in Dhaka. Before moving into the NGO sector, Runa engaged into a variety of other activities, such as teaching, writing textbooks (for which she was awarded Ashoka Fellowship for innovative teaching methodology in 1994) and story books for children, setting up a fashion house, a security firm, and Contic, a tourism company which renovated old country boats. For her work on traditional boat building in Bangladesh she was awarded a Rolex Award in 2006.