Ishani Premaratne

Student, Harvard University

Ishani Premaratne is a pre-medical student and anthropology concentrator in her junior year at Harvard. She is passionate about global healthcare delivery in resource-constrained settings, women's empowerment, and social entrepreneurship. It is a combination of these interests that led her to co-found GrowLanka, a social enterprise that serves war widows in northern Sri Lanka. She is also the co-Founder and Vice President of Harvard College Women in Medicine, a Resolution Fellow with The Resolution Project, a fall 2013 Millennium Campus Network Fellow, and a Global Health Equity Option (GHEO) Scholar with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in a program spearheaded by Dr. Paul Farmer. She is spending spring 2014 working with Compañeros en Salud (CES), a sister organization of Partners in Health, in Chiapas, Mexico where she will also be conducting research on healthcare-seeking behaviors and the availability of surgical care for the World Health Organization.