Trina Talukdar is Venture Manager with Ashoka India. Trina started her career working in Kalighat, one of Asia's oldest and largest red light areas, at the age of 18. Her interaction with commercial sex workers spurred her passion to spend her life working on gender empowerment. At 22, she cofounded a nonprofit, Kranti, that empowers girls who have been trafficked to become agents of social change. Trina moved to Ashoka: Innovators for the Public to explore other areas and models of work in the development sector, through Ashoka’s fellow selection process. In 2014-2015 Trina took a yearlong sabbatical from Ashoka to work with American Express, Philanthropy, in Washington, D.C. and New York, as an Atlas Corps Fellow.