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Hasina Kharbhih is founder and CEO of Impulse Social Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. and founder, president, and team leader of Impulse NGO Network, a social organization working on issues of child trafficking, HIV/AIDS intervention, and livelihood support initiatives for rural Northeast India. Working through Impulse, Hasina developed the Meghalaya Model, a comprehensive strategy for combating child trafficking in Northeast India. In 2006, she traveled to the USA and Thailand to attend the Changing Faces Women's Leadership Program. In 2002, she was invited to participate in the International Visitors Program on NGO Management, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2002 and 2003, she attended a two-part "Women in Management" training course held in Sweden and the Philippines through a scholarship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. She has received numerous recognitions, including the Asia Award for Excellence in Youth Work from the Commonwealth Youth Programme of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat, the Woman of Substance Award from the Ryan Foundation in India, and the Rising Talent award from the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society held in France in 2007. In 2006, she was selected as an Ashoka Fellow. Hasina lives in Shillong, Meghalaya, in the northeast of India. She is a Fellow of the third class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.