“One day our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like.” -Dr. Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
On the heels of our announcement that Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman will speak at the 2013 Forum (March 8-10 in Minneapolis), we are very, very excited to let you know that Dr. Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and “Father of Microcredit,” also has accepted our invitation to speak at the event. Dr. Yunus and his microfinance institution, Grameen Bank, were jointly awarded the peace prize for their efforts to create sustainable economic and social development through broader access to credit. He will be the keynote speaker during the Forum’s Business Day on Friday, March 8, and registration will open in mid-October (join our email list for updates). We hope you can attend!
From his official biography:
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. [more]
If you’ve attended the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, you know that this annual event brings together a dynamic group of speakers, including leading peacemakers in journalism, politics, business, economics, health/science, and the arts, among other topics. The full list of speakers will be announced in coming weeks, so keep track of us via Facebook and Twitter, and make sure your friends, family, and colleagues are on our email list so they can receive the latest program and registration updates.