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Runa Khan

Mrs Runa Khan – Founder, Secretary and Executive Director

Friendship Bangladesh was founded by its current Executive Director Mrs. Runa Khan. She is also a founder of Friendship International which currently operates in five countries. Friendship was founded drawing upon Runa Khan’s wide range of practical experiences of teaching, setting up small businesses, tourism, and communication among others. She is a published author with eight books, six on pedagogy and two on children’s stories. She is the country chair of Global Dignity, an organization founded by the Crown Prince of Norway. She is also an internationally recognized speaker on social entrepreneurship and a guest speaker at universities such as lnsead, Cornell and The European Business School. She has received international recognition and awards, some of them being, Ashoka, Schwab, IDB and is the only Rolex Laureate from Bangladesh.


Friendship Centre receives 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Designed by architect Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, the center is a rural training centre.

The Economist asks Ms Khan about the role of the private sector in improving healthcare services for under-served communities – Q&A commissioned by United Nations Foundation.

National Geographic features article about Friendship in celebration of 40th Anniversary of Rolex Awards for Enterprise.

 Runa Khan gives TEDx Talk in Luxembourg: exploring the definition of success and failure.



A relatively simple operation is often all that is needed to save or dramatically improve a life. Help Friendship’s hospital ships continue to bring life-saving health services to Bangladesh’s marginalised men, women and children.


“Human – Runa Khan’s interview”

Filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent 3 years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all. Watch Runa Khan’s (CEO of Friendship Bangladesh) interview here.