The Asian University for Women hosted the 3rd Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Day on Friday, April 10, 2015,which was organized by Professor of Development and Urban Studies, Christian Girard; Professor of Asian Studies, Sara Amin (Sociology); and Professor of Development Studies, Shahidulla Kaiser. The event, open to the entire AUW community, aims to promote an understanding and dialogue about social enterprises in Asia in different fields and with different business models. This year, the speakers included Ashir Ahmed, Associate Professor of Kyushu University and Director of GCC Project of Grameen Communications/Technologies for the UnReached (xTURP); Korvi Rakshand, founder of JAAGO Foundation, Maimuna Ahmad, founder and CEO of Teach for Bangladesh; Priyanka Jain, Cofounder of 3×3 Design; and Sajedul “Pavel” Hoq, Chief Operating Officer of Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd. The panel of distinguished speakers presented their social enterprises which have brought about positive social change in fields as varied as education, health, urban planning, and agriculture. In addition, there was an innovation lab in which the guest speakers shared their expertise with students of Professor Girard’s Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation course by helping them improve their business proposals developed as part of the course with advice on how to start, manage, and develop their social enterprise ventures. The student projects aim to tackle social problems as varied as urban waste in Bangladesh, street children in Vietnam, women’s access to sanitation services in Chittagong, menstrual hygiene facilities for female garment workers in Bangladesh, homeless women in Chittagong, and community childcare for working mothers in Bangladesh.The event was attended by more than 150 students, faculty, and staff from AUW.
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