Muhammad Yunus

Founder of the Grameen Bank and Winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize

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    Muhammad Yunus

    Founder of the Grameen Bank and Winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize

    Speaker Fee Range: Please inquire for fees

    Travels From: Bangladesh

    Muhammad Yunus is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Muhammad Yunus Speaker Biography

    Professor Muhammad Yunus is a social entrepreneur and renowned keynote speaker. He is the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner for founding the Grameen Bank and for pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance.

    He established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, driven by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. The bank’s objective is to provide loans to poor people on terms suitable to them, and to teach them a few sound financial principles so they could help themselves. Since Yunus’ personal loan of small amounts of money to destitute basket weavers in Bangladesh in the mid-70s, the Grameen Bank has pioneered microfinance as an effective tool to combat poverty.

    Yunus has held a number of distinguished academic and policy-making positions. He was head of the economics department at Chittagong University, and from 1993 to 1995 he was a member of the International Advisory Group for the Fourth World Conference on Women, a post to which he was appointed by the UN secretary general. He has served on the Global Commission of Women’s Health, the Advisory Council for Sustainable Economic Development and the UN Expert Group on Women and Finance.

    As well as the winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Professor Yunus has won several other international awards, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom Award from the Roosevelt Institute of The Netherlands, also in 2006. As a popular keynote speaker, Muhammad Yunus is one of the most sought-after speakers on social entrepreneurship and poverty eradication. When not traveling the world speaking at worldwide conferences, he lives in Bangladesh.

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    Muhammad Yunus Keynote Topics

    “I was not trained to understand self-help. I was trained, like all students of economics, to believe that all people, as they grow up, should prepare themselves to get jobs at the job market. If you fail to get a job, you register yourself for government charity. But I could not hold on to these beliefs when I faced the real life of the poor people in Bangladesh. For most of them [the] job market did not mean much. For survival they turned to economic activities on their own. But the economic institutions and policies did not take notice of their struggle. They were rejected by the formal systems for no fault of their own....” -From a speech given by Professor Yunus

    Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker and economist. He previously was a professor of economics and is famous for his successful application of microcredit ; the extension of small loans. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. Yunus is also the founder of Grameen Bank.

    In 2006, Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.” Yunus himself has received several other national and international honors. He is the author of Banker to the Poor and a founding board member of Grameen Foundation. In this speech, keynote speaker Muhammad Yunus will talk about his story founding the Grameen bank and why it is important to give microcredits to the poor, as everyone is born an entrepreneur. He will talk about how those microcredits can eradicate poverty while teaching important lessons and empowering society.

    Muhammad Yunus Speaking Videos

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