Hasina Kharbhih

Hasina Kharbhih

Founder & Chairperson, Impulse Social Enterprises Pvt Ltd


Hasina Kharbhih Ashoka Fellow and Aspen ILI Fellow, Founder and Managing Director of Impulse Social Enterprises and Founder Chair of Board of Impulse NGO Network,

For 30 years now, She has been working to provide sustainable livelihood in a safe environment for women and children. What started out as a mission in her home state of Meghalaya, has today evolved into a global program that aims to put an end to human trafficking and exploitation worldwide.
Her work stands on two pillars: the first is Impulse NGO Network,which was conceptualized in 1987 and is a significant force against human trafficking today; the second pillar is Impulse Social Enterprises which aims to promote local artisans and create sustainable livelihood that helps prevent unsafe migration, which often leads to human trafficking.

Ms.Kharbhih created the nationally and internationally acknowledged Impulse Model (formerly known as The Meghalaya Model) a holistic method to address human trafficking. On the basis of the Model, key stakeholders from the public and private sectors work in collaboration to combat human trafficking and strengthen each other’s work by incorporating some fundamental components. Impulse Model has led to INGON receiving accolades such as the Japanese Award For Most Innovative Development Project category under its Global Development Awards and Medals Competition in 2012 from the Japanese Social Development Fund for the Government of Japan which has also supported the organisation to scale its work in Myanmar since 2013,Nepal and Bangladesh . She is a trainer, Motivational Speaker, Writer and Poet, and published many books, and articles.

Ms.Kharbhih has gained a multi-sector expertise, including leadership and Institutional Management, human rights ,livelihood and rural development, anti-human trafficking, migration, gender based violence, child rights, HIV/AIDS education and intervention, substance abuse and adolescent health.

Awards & Recognition
2000 – Commonwealth Youth Program Asia Award for Excellence in Youth Work
2002- US Department of State, International Visitors Program (IVLP) on NGO Management
2004-2006 – Commonwealth Youth Ambassador represented India and was featured as Yuva Star or Young Achiever for BBC World Service Trust Award Winning Production of Haath Se Haath Milaa (Lets Join Hands)India largest HIV/AIDS awareness mass media campaign that reach over 50 million viewers
2007- Rising Talent award from the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, France
2011-2012 – North East Excellence Award in the Achievers Category from the Indian Chambers of Commerce
2012 -YFLO Women Achievers Awards for Social Entrepreneurship Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce
2012 -Asian Activists Award from Human Right Now – Japan
2012 -CNN-IBN India Positive Award 2013 Winner India’s CNBC Awaaz – Masterpreneur Season 1 Reality Show
2013 – IVLP Gold Star Alumni, US State Department
2015 State Bank of India North East Circle Award in recognition of her Selfless Service and Outstanding Contribution to Society.
2016- University of Science and Technology Meghalaya, an Award for her outstanding and visionary contribution to the field of social service and her endeavor to ensure equality and social justice
2017 is the recipient of the Most Powerful Women in Business – Impact Award, 2017, in the Social Business category, announced by Business Today, of the India Today Group. The award honours most remarkable women leaders, who have taken India to new heights through exceptional talent and endeavour, and have made a positive transformation to society.
2018 is the recipient of Asia Iclif Leadership Energy Award at LESA, for recognized a leader with intrinsic strength ,that Iclif call Personal Leadership Energy ,a combination of deeply held values and a clear sense of purpose and harness collective leadership Energy of their organization ,by proactively shaping a vision resulting in working conditions for flawless execution .Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre created by Central Bank of Malaysia