Chua Thian Poh Annual Distinguished Speaker Series 2017: Muhammad Yunus
"Redesigning Economics to Redesign the World"
Brief introduction of Professor Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of social business and microcredit, 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 the greatest entrepreneurs of our time."
Professor Yunus was born in Bangladesh in 1940. In 1965, he received Fulbright Scholarship to study economics in 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 8.6 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 Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Muhammad Yunus is the recipient of more than 54 honorary degrees from universities across 20 countries. He has received 112 awards from 26 countries including state honours from 10 countries.
Monday, 23rd January 2017
4pm: Public Lecture & Questions and Answers Dialogue
5:15pm: Networking Session (Refreshments will be provided)
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*Updated as at 05 Jan 2017
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