From the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) for Tuesday, May 26. Professor Muhammad Yunus will speak at the event between 4:15 and 6:00pm:
Open to All Registrants The visionary founder of the Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus leads a global network aimed at ending poverty around the world. Recognized alongside the bank "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below" with the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, his ideas couple capitalism with social responsibility and have changed the face of rural economic and social development forever.
As a Fulbright Scholar at Vanderbilt University, Professor Yunus received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1969. Later that year, he became an assistant professor of Economics at Middle Tennessee State University, before returning to Bangladesh where he joined the Economics Department at Chittagong University.
Professor Yunus is responsible for many innovative programs benefiting the rural poor. In 1974, he pioneered the idea of Gram Sarker as a form of local government based on the participation of rural people, which was adopted by the Bangladeshi government in 1980. In 1978, he received the president's award for his work on Tebhaga Khamar, a system of cooperative three-share farming embraced by the Bangladeshi government in 1977. He received the Independence Day Award, Bangladesh's highest honor, in 1987.
Professor Yunus's work has led to his appointment to several United Nations commissions and advisory groups—especially those dealing with women's economic empowerment. Yunus has also worked with many organizations dealing with education, population, health, disaster prevention, banking, and development programs. Professor Yunus sits on the International Council of Ashoka Foundation, the global network of social entrepreneurs, and is a member of The Elders, a group of global peacemakers organized by Nelson Mandela.
An accomplished writer, Professor Yunus is the author of Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty and Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism.