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Hurry up! Only 4 days left to avail our early bird registration discount offer until 30th May!
Yunus Center invites you to its annual signature event the 7th Social Business Day 2016, hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. With the participation of global social leaders, entrepreneurs and academics, this event is an amazing platform to network and learn from influential social business leaders.
Register for Social Business Day 2016!
Date: 28th-29th July
Venue: Social Business Convention Centre, Savar, Dhaka
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Hurry up! Only 6 days left to avail our early bird registration discount offer until 30th May!
Yunus Center invites you to its annual signature event the 7th Social Business Day 2016, hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. With the participation of global social leaders, entrepreneurs and academics, this event is an amazing platform to network and learn from influential social business leaders.
Register for Social Business Day 2016!
Date: 28th-29th July
Venue: Social Business Convention Centre, Savar, Dhaka
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International Development Law Organization (IDLO) ‪#‎IDLO‬ accorded a reception to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus on May 10 at their headquarters in Rome. Director General of IDLO Ms Irene Khan hosted the event. Mr Benedetto Della Vedova, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy and the Chairman of Italian Senate Foreign Affairs Committee & Honorary President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Mr Pier Ferdinando Casini who are seen in the photo both spoke at the reception. They highlighted Professor Yunus' contributions to poverty reduction through microcredit and social business. Ms Khan also announced that Professor Yunus had recently joined the advisory council of IDLO as a member alongside Bill Gates, Mary Robinson and others.
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Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was interviewed by Republicca during his recent visit to Italy. The interview on the FAO Nobel Laureates Alliance on Peace and Food Security and the role of microcredit and social business was printed in a full page of the Republicca, the leading Italian daily newspaper. http://goo.gl/E7hCsu
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H. E. Greg Wilcock, Ambassador of Australia to Bangladesh paid a farewell call on Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus on 2nd May 2016 at Yunus Centre. On 5th May 2016  Her Excellency Panpimon Suwannapongse, Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh paid a courtesy call on Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at Yunus Centre, having arrived one month earlier to the country. On the same day a senior Thai delegation including former President of the BAAC and Dean of Business of Katsesart University, met Professor Yunus to discuss the possiblities of collaboration in social business in Thailand
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Hurry up! Only 5 days left to avail our early bird registration discount offer until 30th May!

Yunus Center invites you to its annual signature event the 7th Social Business Day 2016, hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. With the participation of global social leaders, entrepreneurs and academics, this event is an amazing platform to network and learn from influential social business leaders.

Register for Social Business Day 2016!
Date: 28th-29th July
Venue: Social Business Convention Centre, Savar, Dhaka

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Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was a speaker at plenary session of Women Deliver conference on the theme of "Investing in Girls & Women: Everybody Wins" in Copenhagen on Wednesday. The Women Deliver Conference is aleading global conference on issues relating to women and development with more than 3.500 participants attending. At the end of the session Professor Yunus was presented with The Women Deliver Award for Innovation presented by Saundra Pelletier, CEO WomanCare Global
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Catch Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus  IN A  live interview on May 16, 2016 on Facebook at 1.00 PM GMT/  3.00 PM Copenhagen.  He will join some of the brightest and most passionate people working to improve the health and well-being of girls and women who will gather for Women Deliver +Social Good – including YOU.


link - https://www.facebook.com/unitednationsfoundation
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Join us on this exciting journey of empowering people through Social Business!

Yunus Centre is pleased to announce the next Social Business Design Lab to be held on 30 May (Monday), 2016 at Grameen Bank Auditorium. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will chair this event.
Social Business Design Lab is a monthly signature event of Yunus Centre where entrepreneurs come up with their ideas and present in front of audience from diverse backgrounds to start social businesses themselves. Ideas are presented and then followed by discussion, evaluation and brainstorming session.

To participate at our upcoming Social Business Design Lab, please register at: http://goo.gl/AYmsjr

সোশ্যাল বিজনেস ডিজাইন ল্যাব প্রফেসর মুহাম্মদ ইউনূসের সভাপতিত্বে আগামী ৩০ মে ২০১৬ ইং (সোমবার) তারিখে অনুষ্ঠিত হবে। উক্ত অনুষ্ঠানে অংশগ্রহন করতে রেজিস্ট্রেশন করুন এই লিংক এ: http://goo.gl/AYmsjr
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Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad  Yunus was chief guest at a special event organized by FAO on 'Social Business for Zero Hunger'. The event was organized by Director General of FAO to bring together the top executives of food industry to discuss the role social business can play to achieve zero hunger.
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Pistoia, Italy 10 May:
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was conferred honorary citizenship of Pistoia by the Mayor of the nearly 1000 year old Tuscan city. The ceremony took place in the Town Hall which was built in 1200 on the morning of May 10. The event was attended by 300 dignitaries of Pistoia including government officials, business leaders, head of foundations, university representatives, and social entrepreneurs.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was conferred honorary citizenship of Pistoia by the Mayor of the nearly 1000 year old Tuscan city. The ceremony took place in the Town Hall which was built in 1200 on the morning of May 10. The event was attended by 300 dignitaries of Pistoia including government officials, business leaders, head of foundations, university representatives, and social entrepreneurs.
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Creating a world without poverty.
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  • Yunus Centre
    Chairman, present
  • Grameen Bank
    Managing Director, 1983 - 2011
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Introduction

I am Professor Muhammad Yunus. I was born on June 28, 1940. I am the founder Grameen Bank, a bank which pioneered microcredit – a method of banking where small loans are given to the poor, mostly to women, without collateral, for income generating activities, with high repayment rate, to help them get out of poverty. I am also the Chairman of Yunus Centre, which serves as a global hub for social business and it is also my international public affairs office.

I was born in the village of Bathua, in the district of Chittagong. I am the third oldest of nine children. My father was Haji Muhammad Dula Mia Shawdagar. He was a jeweler. My mother was Sufia Khatun. In 1944, my family moved to the city of Chittagong and there I studied at Lamabazar Primary School. Later, I completed my matriculation examination from Chittagong Collegiate School.

I enrolled into the Department of Economics at University of Dhaka in 1957, and I got my BA in Economics in 1960 and my MA in 1961.

Upon completing my studies at Dhaka University, I joined the Bureau of Economics at Dhaka University. I was appointed as a lecturer in Economics at Chittagong College in 1961. In 1965, I was offered a Fulbright Scholarship to study Economics at Vanderbilt University in the United States and I obtained my Ph.D in Economics in 1969. I taught Economics at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN from 1969 to 1972.

In 1971, Bangladesh won its independence after a brutal Liberation War. I was in the United States at that time. There, I founded a Citizen's Committee in Nashville, TN, and published a newsletter named, Bangladesh Newsletter. I also ran the Bangladesh Information Center in Washington D.C., with other Bangladeshis living in the United States, to raise support for liberation of Bangladesh and to lobby the U.S. Congress to stop military aid to Pakistan.

In 1972, I returned to Bangladesh. After a brief time at the Planning Commission, I joined the Department of Economics at Chittagong University as its Chairman. Bangladesh at that time was an extremely poor country. The turning point in my life came in 1974, while Bangladesh was under a severe famine. I found that I was unable to continue to teach elegant economic theories to my students while my people starved outside the windows of my classrooms.

I left the classroom and went to the neighboring village called Jobra. What I found in that village shocked and horrified me. I learned that the villagers had become economic slaves to ruthless money lenders. I made a list of the people in the village who had taken loans and the amount of loans. At the end of the day, my list contained 42 names and $27 of loans. I decided to lend the $27 to the people from my own pocket so that they could free themselves from the grasp of the money lenders. This created a lot of commotion in the village. The villagers were very happy to be free of the money lenders. I felt good that I had done something to change the lives of these people. I thought, "If with so little, I can make these people so happy, why should I not keep doing it?" And that is what I did. I approached the traditional banks and urged them to lend to the villagers, but they told me that the poor are not credit-worthy; they do not have any collateral. I said, no, the poor are just as credit-worthy and offered myself as a guarantor for the villagers. Only then did the bank agree to lend to the villagers.

I started the Grameen Bank Project in 1976 and after much struggle and effort in October 2nd, of 1983, the project was transformed into a full-fledged bank, called Grameen Bank (Village Bank) and this bank lends only to poor, rural citizens of Bangladesh.

As of May 2011, Grameen Bank (GB) has 8.4 million borrowers, 97 percent of whom are women. With 2,556 branches, GB provides services in 84,237 villages, covering all of the villages in Bangladesh. It has lent over USD 10 billion to the poor people with nearly 100 percent repayment rate, since its inception.

In October 2006, I was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Grameen Bank for the efforts to create economic and social development. 

I am married to Dr. Afrozi Yunus, and have two daughters, Monica and Deena.

Education
  • Vanderbilt University
    Economics, PhD., 1965 - 1969
  • Dhaka University
    Economics, MA, 1960 - 1961
  • Dhaka University
    Economics, BA, 1957 - 1960
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