Muhammad Yunus

Recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Prof. Muhammad Yunus is internationally recognized as the founder of microcredit and as the father of social business. For more than 30 years, he has successfully worked to meld capitalism and social responsibility. In 1976, he created the first institution to provide micro-loans to empower the poor to become entrepreneurs. Grameen Bank has since lent more than 6.5 billion dollars to those suffering of extreme poverty, while maintaining a consistent repayment rate above 98 per cent.

Prof. Yunus pioneered the global social business movement. Today he continues to advocate for businesses that are created to solve human and the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. 

His early career as a professor of economics, followed by years of work with dignitaries and icons influencing global culture and economy, allow him unprecedented insight into the forces and industries that can affect powerful change through social business. With the Yunus Environment Hub, he promotes zero net carbon business activities through social business.

Aside from the Nobel Peace Prize, Prof. Yunus is the recipient of several prestigious recognitions, including the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Only six individuals in history have received all three distinctions.