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Founder & Executive Director.

Honorary President of the OSH Forum Approach.

Runa Khan, an Ashoka fellow and Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur, is the Founder and Executive Director of Friendship, a Social Purpose Organization supporting remote communities in Bangladesh. Established in 2002, Friendship reaches out to 6.5 million lives a year through an integrated model of Saving Lives, Poverty Alleviation, Climate Adaptation and Empowerment. Friendship SPO provides services in Health, Education, Sustainable Economic Development, Climate Action, Inclusive Citizenship and Cultural Preservation. Friendship has also been active in the Rohingya crisis response in Bangladesh with health, water and sanitation, and educational services. She is the Founder and Co-chair of Friendship International which operates from five European countries, building an improved understanding and stronger relationship between resource providers and beneficiaries, bringing new concepts of working together and giving financial and nonfinancial support to Friendship Bangladesh. Her work is based on simple logic, empathy, respect, deep sense of justice and innovation.

Runa Khan is also a board member of Global Dignity, BIC Corporate Foundation, and on the Business Advisory Board of Independent University Bangladesh and the Advisory Council of British Asian Trust, Bangladesh. She often gives talks on leadership, volunteerism, development and social entrepreneurship in International Conferences and Universities. Other international awards and recognitions received: Green Award by Positive Planet Foundation (2016), Social Innovation Leadership Award by the World CSR Congress (2014), Social Entrepreneur Award, IDB for contribution toward Women in development (2008), Rolex Awards for Entrepreneurship (2006).

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  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
    Director-General of WHO.
  • Stéphanie SEYDOUX,
    French Ambassador for Global Health.
  • Prof. Jean François MATTEI,
    Honorary President of the French Academy for Medicine and former French Minister of Health.
  • Dr. Thierry Lefrançois, Veterinarian,
    Director, Biological Systems Department at CIRAD.
  • Benoît MIRIBEL, secrétaire général de la Fondation « Une Santé Durable pour Tous », dans le cadre du Geneva Health Forum
  • Runa KHAN, Founder & Executive Director. Friendship.
    Présidente d’honneur de la Démarche OSH.
  • Table ronde du CFF : des fragilités environnementales aux fragilités humaines, une approche transversale indispensable. Cette table ronde vous propose d’explorer les liens entre environnement et équilibres humains, sanitaires et sociaux.

    Honorary Supporters

    • Detlev GANTEN

      Detlev GANTEN

      Professor Detlev Ganten, MD, PhD. is Founding President of the World Health Summit and Chairman of the Board of the Charité Foundation.

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    • Jean-Christophe RUFIN

      Jean-Christophe RUFIN

      Médecin, engagé dans l’action humanitaire, Jean-Christophe Rufin a occupé plusieurs postes de responsabilités à l’étranger, notamment celui d’ambassadeur de France au Sénégal.

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    • Runa KHAN

      Runa KHAN

      Founder & Executive Director. Friendship.

      Honorary President of the OSH Forum Approach.

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    • Jean-Paul MOATTI

      Jean-Paul MOATTI

      Jean-Paul MOATTI, born in 1951 In Tunis, is Emeritus Professor at Aix-Marseille University.

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