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Trina Talukdar

 2017 Asia Foundation Development Fellow 


Gender Empowerment Activist, India



Ms. Trina Talukdar is co-founder of Kranti, which transforms underage girls from red-light areas into leaders of social change. She is also a Venture Manager at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public where she explores models of work in social entrepreneurship, through Ashoka’s Fellow Selection and Support process. In 2014-2015, Trina took a year-long sabbatical from Ashoka to become an Atlas Corps Fellow working with American Express, Philanthropy, in Washington, D.C. and New York on the American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Network for nonprofit leaders. In 2012, she was featured by The Week magazine in London as one of the top 30 most inspirational leaders of the year for her work with Kranti. Talukdar holds a master’s degree in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from Christ University in Bangalore, and a bachelor’s degree in English, Political Science and Sociology from St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata.