LIVE CONFERENCE | Professor Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate 2006
Relive the conference of an innovative and inspiring early maker
Professor Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Laureate 2006
Founder of the Grameen Bank
On this occasion, he gave a conference on the topic
"making a difference through social business"
The conference was introduced by
Tawhid Chtioui, Dean emlyon business school Africa
and animated by emlyon students from FORUM and N.O.I.S.E. associations
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit, the father of social business, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”
Professor Yunus was born in Bangladesh in 1940.
In 1965, he received Fulbright Scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University, U.S.A., and did his Ph.D. in economics in 1969.
Professor Yunus returned to Bangladesh in 1972 and joined the Department of Economics, University of Chittagong, as its chairman. In 1976, Professor Yunus started to experiment with providing collateral free loans to the poor. The project was called Grameen Bank Project and later, in 1983, became a full-fledged bank for providing loans to the poor, mostly women, in rural Bangladesh. Today Grameen Bank has over 8.4 million borrowers, 97% of whom are women and disburses over one and a half billion US dollars each year.
In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Professor Muhammad Yunus is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees from universities across 20 countries. He has received 112 awards from 26 countries including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1994), International Simon Bolivar Prize (1996), Sydney Peace Prize (1998), The Prince of Austurias Award for Concord (1998) and Seoul Peace Prize (2006).
About Centre Yunus Paris
The Centre Yunus Paris was created in September 2017 by Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Grameen Bank Founder and Honorary Citizen of the City of Paris.First Yunus Centre outside of Bangladesh, the Centre Yunus Paris is the permanent resource center for social business in France. It intends to promote a world of three zeros: zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emissions. In collaboration with everyone who recognizes oneself in this vision, it aims at creating, developing and accompanying a dynamics around social business in France & Europe. One of its core missions is to represent Professor Yunus in the main Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games organizing bodies, in order to create the most environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive Games in the history.
Supported by the YY Foundation, the Centre Yunus Paris aims notably at promoting social business among the academic world, universities and students, who are the leaders and professionals of tomorrow.
About Yunus Centre
Yunus Centre is the resource center for all Grameen social business related activities both globally and in Bangladesh. It ensures the rollout of the global social business movement through various events, social media, publications, and websites. The Yunus Centre also helps forge lasting, productive relationships among all social business institutions around the world. The Centre is chaired by Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and its Executive Director is Ms. Lamiya Morshed.