Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus

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Topics

  • The Grameen Model
  • Economic Self-advancement
  • The Eradication of Poverty
  • Economic Development
  • Social and Economic Policy Making

What he offers

Prof. Muhammad Yunus is a highly charismatic figure with a wealth of innovative ideas and the power to help thousands of people to decide their own destiny. He has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries. He carefully explains to audiences his ideas and lays the foundations for the successful implementation of his model which is eradicating poverty around the globe.

How he presents

An empowering and emotive speaker, Muhammad Yunus talks passionately about his goals and dreams and leaves audiences inspired with his simple yet effective ideas.

In 1976, Muhammad Yunus founded the Grameen Bank to make loans to poor Bangladeshis. Since then the Grameen Bank has issued more than US$ 5.1 billion to 5.3 million borrowers. The success of the Grameen model has inspired similar efforts throughout the developing world and even in industrialized nations including the USA. His methods have also been applied to Burma and in Kosovo with great success and he is now embarking upon an effort to eliminate global poverty. In 2009, Thinkers 50, the global ranking of management gurus, placed him among the top ten most influential thinkers.

Besides Grameen Bank he has created a number of companies in Bangladesh to address diverse issues of poverty and development. Among the companies are Grameen Phone (a mobile telephone company), Grameen Cybernet (Internet Service Provider), Grameen Communications (Rural Internet Service Provider), Grameen Software company, Grameen Information Technology Park, Grameen Fund (Social Venture Capital Company), Grameen Capital Management company and many more.

Professor Yunus was chosen by Wharton School of Business for PBS documentary, as one of ‘The 25 Most Influential Business Persons of the Past 25 Years’. In 2006, Time magazine listed him under “60 years of Asian Heroes” as one of the top 12 business leaders. In 2008, in an open online poll, Yunus was voted the 2nd topmost intellectual person in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (United States). In 2010, The New Statesman (UK) listed him as one of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures”. In 2012, Professor Yunus was named the Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. Professor Yunus was named by Fortune Magazine in March 2012 as one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of the current era.

Publications:

  • Super Happiness
  • Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs (2010)
  • Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism (2008)
  • Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle against World Poverty (1998)

Awards:

  • 2015: International Humanitarian Award 2015 by the International Human Rights Commission, Pakistan
  • 2015: Distinguished Professorship from Yunnan University, China
  • 2014: Albania Excellence Award given by the Association of Albanian Excellence
  • 2014: Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Global Entrepreneurship Award, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014: Lotus Leadership Award, USA
  • 2014: Westmont Leadership Award by Westmont College, USA
  • 2013: Robert F Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award by Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, USA
  • 2013: Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship
  • 2012: Transformational Leadership Award from the Wright Foundation, USA
  • 2012: International Freedom Award by the National Civil Rights Museum, USA
  • 2011: Equitas Award for Human Rights Education by Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education, Canada
  • 2011: Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership, USA
  • 2010: SolarWorld Einstein Award by the SolarWorld AG, Spain
  • 2010: He received the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award at The Asian Awards
  • 2009: US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US
  • 2006: Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2006: 8th Seoul Peace Prize
  • 2006: Mother Teresa Award, India
  • 2006: Honorary Doctorate from the American University of Beirut
  • 2004: The Economist Newspaper’s Prize for Social and Economic Innovation
  • 1998: Prince of Asturias Award
  • 1998: Sydney Peace Prize
  • 1996: Simón Bolívar Prize from UNESCO
  • 1994: World Food Prize

Testimonials:

“By giving poor people the power to help themselves, Dr. Yunus has offered them something far more valuable than a plate of food – security in its most fundamental form.”

Presentation Languages: English

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