Asher Hasan's social enterprise Naya Jeevan (the name means "new life" in Urdu and Hindi) is the emerging world's first HMO for the urban, working poor.

Why you should listen

Asher Hasan is founder and CEO of Naya Jeevan, a social enterprise that provides low-income families in emerging economies with catastrophic healthcare. Naya Jeevan won first prize in the 2008 NYU Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition.

Hasan was recently selected as a Draper Richards Social Entrepreneur Fellow, and is also an invited member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as head of the US Medical Affairs Obesity Team for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, and joined TEDIndia in 2009 as a TEDIndia Fellow.

What others say

“[Naya Jeevan] will act as a catalytic intermediary between insurance companies and corporations in those countries, giving naya jeevan, or "new life" as it translates from Urdu and Hindi, to two large and severely underserved communities in South Asia: low-income corporate employees and their children, as well as domestic staff members of corporate employees and their children.” — NYU Stern School of Business

Asher Hasan’s TED talk

Asher Hasan on the TED Blog

Quotes from Asher Hasan

A rising tide lifts all boats. The rising tide of India’s spectacular economic growth has lifted over 400 million Indians into a buoyant middle class; but there are still over 650 million Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, Nepalese, who remain washed up on the shores of poverty.
Asher Hasan
TEDIndia 2009 • 349K views Dec 2009
Inspiring, Beautiful
It is often said that we fear that which we do not know. Pakistan, in this particular vein … has provoked, and does provoke, a visceral anxiety in the bellies of many a Western soul, especially when viewed through the monochromatic lens of turbulence and turmoil.
Asher Hasan
TEDIndia 2009 • 349K views Dec 2009
Inspiring, Beautiful