Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize – “Banker to the Poor” Joins Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum!

22/08/2018

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Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize - “Banker to the Poor” Joins Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum!

22/08/2018

We are excited to announce that the joint 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will speak at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum on 20 September!

Often referred to as the "banker to the poor”, Professor Yunus founded the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983 to provide small loans to the rural poor, aiming to transform the lives of impoverished people. The bank has since served as a template of the microcredit concept for similar institutions in over 100 countries, helping more than 100 million people escape poverty and gain the ability to become self-reliant.

Following his highly-anticipated speech last month at the S.I. Leadership Award Presentation Ceremony 2018 cum Yunus Social Business Seminar held by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Yunus will return and speak at the 2018 Forum to share his hopes to change the world and attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Don’t miss this opportunity!

LIMITED SEATS available, ACT NOW to enjoy the special rated tickets at HK$2,120 per person until 31 August. Student price is HK$750.

For the most updated list of local and international speakers, please click here.

About Professor Muhammad Yunus

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is considered the father of both social business and microcredit, as the founder of Grameen Bank and more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named him “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time” in 2012.

In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

He is the recipient of 60 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He has received 132 awards from 30 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. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1998), The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord (1998), Sydney Peace Prize (1998) and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006).

In 2006, Time Magazine listed Professor Yunus under “60 years of Asian Heroes” as one of the top 12 business leaders. In 2008, in an open online poll, Professor Yunus was voted the 2nd most intellectual person in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (United States). In 2010, The New Statesman (UK) listed him as one of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures”.

He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Forbes Magazine.