Hasina Kharbhih, Founder and Managing Director
Hasina Kharbhih, an Ashoka Fellow and Aspen ILI Fellow, is the Founder and MD of Impulse Social Enterprises. She is also the Founder, former Team Leader and presently Chair of Board of Impulse NGO Network, a social organization working on the issue of human trafficking for the last 21 years in North East India.
A force to reckon with in the socio-economic development sector, Hasina has been working in the social sector for over 20 years. She has dedicated her life to create innovative solutions to provide sustainable livelihood to the North East communities in India, with a particular focus to address the problems associated with human trafficking. Hasina was granted Ashoka Fellowship in 2006 for conceiving the Meghalaya Model presently known as Impulse Model. The Impulse Model comprising of 6 Ps and 6 Rs provide a structural and a holistic approach to combat human trafficking by facilitating convergence of resources from different stakeholders. Successful pilot testing has led to its wider adoption in eight north eastern states of India and it is being reviewed for national replication. The model was selected as the 2nd Most Innovative Development Model in the world by Global Development Network under the Japanese Most Innovative Development Project, which opened the door for wider regional replication of the Model in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal. As a direct impact of this model, thousands of children and women have been given their lives back and because of the Prevention initiatives, the likelihood of people having to face the ramifications of human trafficking has been immensely reduced.
Over the several years, she has gained a multi-sector expertise, including leadership and institutional management, livelihood and rural development, anti-human trafficking, migration, gender based violence, child rights, HIV/AIDS education and intervention, substance abuse and adolescent health. As a social entrepreneur with a management background, she and the Impulse team have implemented numerous beneficial initiatives under the Impulse Model, researches and trainings in the North East India creating large scale social change. These programs have won support from various national and international bodies such as the Indian Government, the World Bank, United Nations (UNIFEM, UNICEF, UNODC, UNDP) USAID, and AUSAID.
In the years 2002 and 2003, Hasina was invited to participate in ‘Women in Management’, a two-part training programme in Sweden at Centek Lulea University and the Philippines through a scholarship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. This programme focused on strengthening leadership skills and creating a network with other women leaders in management.
In 2002 again, she was invited to participate in the International Visitors Program on NGO Management, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
In 2004-2006, she represented India as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador for Positive Living.
Similarly, in 2006, she travelled to the USA and Thailand and attended “Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Program” through a scholarship from the East-West Center Grantees under Fulbright Scholarship from India (Hawaii University).
In 2010, she received Aspen ILI Fellowship which is primarily awarded to help foster the next generation of value based leaders in India between 30-45 years.
She has received numerous recognitions including
In 2013, Hasina competed in zonal, semi-final and final rounds of the first season of CNBC SONA Group Awaaz Masterpreneur Reality Show in Kolkata and was declared the winner of the show! Masterpreneur is an Indian Reality Show that gives a platform for emerging entrepreneurs to showcase their journey to a jury of experts and millions of viewers.
By and large, Hasina is also a trainer and researcher on human rights, management, leadership, HIV/AIDS, Life Skills for Adolescent Health issues and has trained numerous groups at different level such as law enforcement, uniform personnel, NGO, government official, international agency, youths, children etc.
She lives in Shillong, Meghalaya, in the Northeast of India. She has worked as a freelance journalist and has authored and co authored many books with works appearing in publications ranging from local to international. She has published several poetry collections and enjoys cooking in her off time.
Rosanna has been a part of Impulse since its early days. A classmate of Hasina’s at Lady Keane College, a founder on the Board of Directors of Impulse Social Enterprises as well of Impulse NGO Network. Rosanna has probably held every single position at Impulse NGO Network in the last 15 years, starting to work as volunteer basis ,then Project Manager and finishing to the position of Team Leader. During her career, she has assisted and implemented a range of projects supported by UNODC, UNIFEM, UNICEF, NACO, and State and Central governments including combating child trafficking, HIV and AIDS awareness, adolescent health, and livelihood support of rural artisans. She has gained strong expertise in networking and advocacy, resource assistance, documentation, and case intervention. She is proud to be part of the team addressing the needs of women and children in distress.
Her true passion is to work with the people, especially with rural communities. Therefore, currently besides being on the Board of Directors of ISE, she is looking after the Training section of Impulse NGO Network as a Board Member.
A.G. “Bahrit” Kharbhih
Bahrit is a Director, Finance and Business, of Impulse Social Enterprises also a founder on the Board of Directors at Impulse NGO Network and is Finance Director. He played a fundamental role in the birth of Impulse NGO Network by proving technical financial management assistance and marketing linkages for the rural livelihood project for the last 15 years. He also assists in project formulation, monitoring, and evaluation for projects supported by UNODC, UNIFEM, UNICEF, AUSAID, UNGIFT as well as Central and State Governments. Bahrit brings to Impulse his experience as a Bank Manager for a Rural Bank in Meghalaya and Marketing Supervisor with Meghalaya Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. (Government of Meghalaya Undertaking) India – Assignment in Export Business, Documentation, Liaison with Importers, Custom Officers including Market Need Assessment. He has strong expertise in monitoring and evaluation, finance, and market research. He holds a Post-Graduate degree in Business Management from the Institute of Modern Management, Kolkata and an MSI Certificate in Evaluation, USAID-CAP ATSEC.
Debotosh Purkayastha is a Director of Finance at Impulse Social Enterprises as well as Finance Manager at Impulse NGO Network for the last 8 years. Before joining the Impulse team in 2006, he worked with Fidelity Investments, Ltd. in Bangalore and has experience in accounts, finance, and human resource development. Mr. Purkayastha now contributes his expertise in accounting, banking, and investment to Impulse Social Enterprises and Impulse NGO Network and has been involved in several initiatives, including UN supported projects such as UNODC, UNIFEM, and UNICEF,UNGIFT. He holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Marketing and Sales Management from the Indian Institute of Management and Sales and Human Resource Development.
Harjoth has previously worked as an entrepreneur, banker, and financial analyst across various European countries and in India. In addition to his roles with NIBC Bank in UK and Germany providing Leveraged Finance for European SMEs, he has financial forecasting and project analysis experience with Procter & Gamble in Belgium, and has successfully raised capital for both his own startups and those he has advised. Harjoth has a Masters in Finance from the Vlerick Leuven Gent School of Management, Belgium.”
Carol Grodzins is the former Vice President of Ashoka and former International Programs Director at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has served in the Peace Corps and worked in higher education, health, and grassroots organizing. Ms. Grodzins was the President of a Massachusetts statewide, nurse-led organization promoting family-centric obstetrics, and in the 1980s, she spearheaded the development of the Massachusetts Committee for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze which educated citizens, lobbied Congress, and organized grassroots support for an end to new nuclear weapons testing, production, and deployment. In 1989, Ms. Grodzins joined the Harvard Insititute for International Development’s macroeconomic policy group. While at Harvard, she co-launched the Program on NGOs, the Kennedy School’s MPA in International development, and created a program to bring Burmese from inside and outside of the country to Harvard to study and build relationships to prepare for democracy in their country. Ms. Grodzins became a grandmother in 2010. She holds a B.A. in Russian Languages and Literature from the University of Illinois and an MPA from Harvard.
Badal Malick is a Consultant at McKinsey & Company with expertise in economic development, financial services and payments, and organizational strategy. He spent several years as an Economist and Operations Analyst at the World Bank and has consulted for various organizations including UNDP, UNESCO and Feedback Ventures. Badal was a founder and coordinator of the Voice and Client Power Partnership, a pan-Indian network of 50+ stakeholders invested in public service delivery reform. He was also the founder of Culture Move, a Bangalore-based, youth-oriented cultural “space” and was the Editor of SAMAR magazine. Badal holds an MBA from Yale and an M.S. in Economics from Wisconsin. He lives in New York City and plays guitar in a rock band for fun.
Pushpa Hargovan is currently a Community Development Consultant with broad experiences in countries like Afghanistan, Wales, South Africa, North East India, and Pakistan. With a background rural livelihood development, communication, leadership and management, Ms. Hargovan is well suited for Impulse Social Enterprises. She has also taught sociology and languages in South Africa and the United States. Ms. Hargovan currently resides in Shillong and works to promote art and music in the area. She is an excellent cook and holds a BA in Social Science, an MSc in Social Science and has attended the University of Pennsylvania for Phd courses in Sociology.She is also in the Board of Directors of Impulse NGO Network for the last 6 years and actively involved as an Advisor,Trainer.
Paresh Tewary is the Director at FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence. He is known for assessing and leading strategic opportunities, including key partnerships and alliances. He has driven entrepreneurial and operations management for people initiatives such as Immunization, salt iodisation, Education, National Policy on Voluntary Sector, Global Non-Governmental Diplomacy, Equity and Empowerment , Good Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Climate and Environment with UNICEF, Co-ordination SUD, Ford Foundation, UNDP, ICCO, Tax Justice Network, WEED, SCVO, AGNA, CIVICUS and Irish Aid.
Mr Tewary has made key contributions to the themes of Innovative Financing for Development, Strengthening Civil Society and Partnerships, Counter Terrorism, Peace building and Conflict Resolution. Prior to joining FICCI, Mr. Tewary was CEO Voluntary Action Network of India. In addition he edited the Civil Society Voices a quarterly magazine showcasing the critical developmental issues, views and challenges. Mr. Tewary has extensive experience in the volunteer and private sectors. Mr. Tewary holds an MBA and Law degree.