Professor Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both Social business and microfinance, 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.”
In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize. He is the recipient of 63 honorary degree from universities across 24 countries. He has received 136 awards from 33 countries including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal.
He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Forbes Magazine. Yunus serves on the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation and has served as a Counsellor at One Young World Summits: 2010 in London, 2011 in Zurich, 2012 in Pittsburgh, 2013 in Johannesburg, 2014 in Dublin, 2015 in Bangkok and 2016 in Ottawa.