Tag: Farhana Huq




Brown Girl Surf

Imagine a woman by the Gaza Strip, teaching a group of young girls how to surf while bullets and bombs fly over their heads. The ocean brings us some sort of peace and gravitates us to ride the waves of mother nature. Did you hear about the 22-year-old journalist from India who has become India’s first female surfer? These are the sort of stories Brown Girl Surf, founded by Farhana Huq wants to bring us.

Farhana is no stranger to the waves, a couple of years ago, she discovered a passion for surfing. She went around to world to surf and created a series of emails “Where the world is Farhana” I always looked forward to them because I found them so inspiring.

For over a decade, Farhana ran a company called CEO Women, which helped low income women start their own businesses. After CEO Women closed, Farhana took some time out to figure out what to do next. Like any social entrepreneur, Farhana wanted to create a new venture with a strong foundation based on creating a positive change and inspiring women all over the world.

Farhana is training to go pro, as of right now Brown Girl Surf is selling tshirts, check them out!

Ready to catch a wave? Don’t worry you don’t have to be brown, a female, a surfer or even a beach bum to be a part of the Brown Girl Surf revolution. Some of us at Urban Desi Radio suck at swimming, but we are happy to support Brown Girl Surf!


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Biz Sav Host, Farhana Huq, Founder of CEO Women




C.E.O. Women Founder and CEO – Farhana Huq

Farhana is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur.  She comes from a family of self-made entrepreneurs of the South Asian Diaspora. In 2000, she founded C.E.O. Women, the 3rd start-up venture she has been involved with, after being inspired by the enterprise revolution in her father’s native Bangladesh and by the struggles that poor, single women in her own family faced to become self-sufficient. Farhana has always admired the creativity and freedom of micro-entrepreneurs. She envisions a world where the most powerful and unlikely relationships come together to connect women in meaningful ways. 

Farhana created “Micro-enterprise in Action”, a self-initiated audio documentary on the lives of women entrepreneurs from around the world. She was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” up and coming business professionals to watch by the East Bay Business Times. She was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year National Finalist in the Supporter of Entrepreneurship Category. She is the recipient of The Ashoka Fellowship, the most prestigious fellowship for leading social entrepreneurs around the world.

C.E.O. Women has won many awards including the 2005 Innovation Award for micro-enterprise development in the U.S., the 2004 Isabel Allende Espiritu Award for the Empowerment of Women, the 2007 SBA San Francisco Women’s Business Champion Award and the 2007 KQED Women’s History Month Local Hero Award. C.E.O. Women’s work has been featured in prominent media outlets such as ABC7, Channel 2, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Tufts Alumni Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Univision, Women’s Health Magazine, The Oakland Tribune, and The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Magazine.

In 2008 she co-founded Bay Area Friends of the Congo, a solidarity group to help raise awareness about the conflict in the Congo. She has been volunteering at non-profits since age 14 and served as an AmeriCorps/VISTA to the micro-enterprise field.  She frequently serves as an advisor to many non-profit organizations. Farhana holds a BA from Tufts University in Economics and Philosophy. When she is not working, she is dancing Kathak, a classical dance of North India.   Farhana is also a natural wanderluster, and travels extensively around the world to surf and explore new cultures and communities.