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About Asher

Bio

Dr. Asher Hasan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NAYA JEEVAN (http://www.njfk.org), a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to providing socio-economically disadvantaged families throughout the emerging world with affordable access to quality, catastrophic healthcare. Asher is a 2009 member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a TED Fellow and a Draper Richards Social Entrepreneur Fellow for 2009-2011 that is accompanied with a $300,000 award. In addition, NAYA JEEVAN is also the recipient of a $75,000 1st prize in the 2008 NYU Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition. Prior to launching NAYA JEEVAN, Asher served in the capacity of Senior Director and Head of the US Medical Affairs Obesity team for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. During his tenure in the biopharmaceutical industry, Asher also completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

After migrating to the US, Asher attended Oberlin College where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and biology with an additional concentration in international relations.

Subsequently, Asher moved to Harvard Medical School where he worked as a preclinical researcher along with a group of vascular surgeons at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Graduating from medical school summa cum laude, Asher went on to train in General Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

In addition to his affiliation with the biotech/pharmaceutical industry in the US, Asher is an active member of NAASO-The Obesity Society, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. He has also served as a board member of the US National Business Group on Health: Institute on Cost & Effects of Obesity.

Job Titles

MD, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO

Skills and interests

Social Entrepreneurship, Public health

About Asher Hasan’s work

NAYA JEEVAN® is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is dedicated to rejuvenating the lives of low-income families throughout the emerging world by providing them with affordable access to quality, catastrophic healthcare. Naya Jeevan offers its insurance program in Pakistan at subsidized rates under a novel national group health insurance model (underwritten by Allianz-EFU, IGI Insurance, and AsiaCare). At Naya Jeevan we work in collaboration with corporate, academic, and non-profit institutions so that we can catalyze a new wave of social responsibility that can be leveraged to realize a positive sustainable outcome for all stakeholders. We believe that philanthropy should not be a transient, ad-hoc event but be institutionalized as a fully integrated part of our society.

Companies and organizations

Ashoka Fellow, TED Fellow, Clinton Global Initiative, Draper Richards Fellow

Projects

Naya Jeevan

NAYA JEEVAN® is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is dedicated to rejuvenating the lives of low-income families throughout the emerging world by providing them with affordable access to quality, catastrophic healthcare. Naya Jeevan offers its insurance program in Pakistan at subsidized rates under a novel national group health insurance model (underwritten by Allianz-EFU, IGI Insurance, and AsiaCare). At Naya Jeevan we work in collaboration with corporate, academic, and non-profit institutions so that we can catalyze a new wave of social responsibility that can be leveraged to realize a positive sustainable outcome for all stakeholders. We believe that philanthropy should not be a transient, ad-hoc event but be institutionalized as a fully integrated part of our society.

Project website

Asher Hasan on the TED blog