Runa Khan

Founder and Executive Director


Runa Khan, an Ashoka fellow and Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur, is the Founder and Executive Director of Friendship, an NGO supporting remote communities in Bangladesh. Established in 2002, Friendship now touches directly 4.2 million lives a year, providing integrated services in the Health, Education, Sustainable Economic Development, Disaster Management, Good Governance and Cultural Preservation sectors. Runa Khan’s previous experience in teaching, tourism, security and maintenance, handicraft projects has enabled Friendship to identify and meet the needs of underserved communities. She is the country chair of Global Dignity and the Founder of Friendship International, which operates from five European countries, fundraising and building relationships for Friendship in Bangladesh.

Recent contributions

Enjoy in-depth insights and expert analysis - subscribe to our Perspectives newsletter, delivered every week