Khazanah Global Lectures
 Dr. Muhammad Yunus

Dr. Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Laureate & Founder of Grameen Bank

As founder of the Grameen Movement, Dr. Muhammad Yunus is a revolutionary. His ideas couple capitalism with social responsibility and have changed the face of rural economic and social development forever.
"Putting Poverty into Museums"
15 August 2007
Hilton KL Sentral
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"If I could be useful to another human being, even for a day, that would be a great thing. It would be greater than all the big thoughts I could have at the university."

Dr. Yunus is responsible for many innovative programs benefiting the rural poor. In 1974, he pioneered the idea of Gram Sarker (village government) as a form of local government based on the participation of rural people. This concept proved successful and was adopted by the Bangladeshi government in 1980. In 1978, he received the President's award for Tebhaga Khamar (a system of cooperative three-share farming, which the Bangladeshi government adopted as the Packaged Input Program in 1977).

A Fulbright Scholar at Vanderbilt University, Dr. 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.

The UN secretary general appointed Dr. Yunus to the International Advisory Group for the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing from 1993 to 1995. Dr. Yunus has also served on the Global Commission of Women's Health (1993-1995), the Advisory Council for Sustainable Economic Development (1993-present), and the UN Expert Group on Women and Finance. He also serves as the chair of the Policy Advisory Group (PAG) of Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP). Dr. Yunus has also served on many committees and commissions dealing with education, population, health, disaster prevention, banking, and development programs. He is currently on the boards of many international organizations including Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (a Grameen replication project), the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, and Credit and Savings for the Poor in Malayasia. Dr. Yunus also sits on the board of the Calvert World Values Fund, the Foundation for International Community Assistance, the National Council for Freedom From Hunger, RESULTS and the International Council of Ashoka Foundation, all of which are located in the US.

Dr. Yunus has received the following International awards: the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984) from Manila; the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1989) from Geneva; the Mohamed Shabdeen Award for Science (1993) from Sri Lanka; and the World Food Prize by World Food Prize Foundation (1994) from the US. Within Bangladesh, he has received the President's Award (1978), Central Bank Award (1985), and the Independence Day Award (1987), the nation's highest award.

His Talking Points

With the gap between the rich and the poor in Malaysia widening, it is apt that the founder of the highly successful Grameen Bank, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, be part of the KGL to provide constructive insights into tackling poverty via microcredit financing and empowering the poor to help themselves. Dr. Yunus’ input will assist in providing alternative ideas and effective programmes for Malaysia to shrink the wealth gap and share wealth equitably amongst its people.

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