Saturday, January 2, 2010

Video of the Week: Asher Hasan's Message of Peace from Pakistan

One of a dozen Pakistanis who came to TEDIndia despite security hassles entering the country, TED Fellow Asher Hasan shows photos of ordinary Pakistanis that drive home a profound message for citizens of all nations: look beyond disputes, and see the humanity we share.

Asher Hasan is founder and CEO of Naya Jeevan, a social enterprise that provides low-income families in emerging economies with catastrophic healthcare. Naya Jeevan won first prize in the 2008 NYU Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition.

Hasan was recently selected as a Draper Richards Social Entrepreneur Fellow, and is also an invited member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as head of the US Medical Affairs Obesity Team for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, and joined TEDIndia in 2009 as a TEDIndia Fellow.
"[Naya Jeevan] will act as a catalytic intermediary between insurance companies and corporations in those countries, giving naya jeevan, or "new life" as it translates from Urdu and Hindi, to two large and severely underserved communities in South Asia: low-income corporate employees and their children, as well as domestic staff members of corporate employees and their children." NYU Stern School of Business


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