Professor Muhammad Yunus has delivered a passionate 2017 Griffith Lecture at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre.
The Bangledeshi economist and micro-finance pioneer concluded his short speaking tour of Australasia at Griffith’s South Bank campus with the annual Griffith Lecture, his sole Queensland appearance.
Professor Yunus has been on a mission to educate the world on the benefits of social business since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
The 76 year-old captivated the audience with his tale of how he used his innovative social business model to eventually provide solar energy to power nearly two million Bangledeshi homes which had remained reliant on kerosene oil for light for generations.
In recent years, Professor Yunus has begun establishing Yunus Social Business Centres at universities around the world and has now done likewise at Griffith University.
Yunus Social Business Centre Griffith University
During Professor Yunus’ Brisbane visit, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) Professor David Grant joined the Grameen Bank founder to inspect the newly-established Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) Griffith University at the Nathan campus.
“The YSBC is a powerful initiative which will help students gain a deeper insight into responsible and sustainable business practices and social entrepreneurship values which are perfectly aligned with our core values,” Professor Grant said
Since 1983, the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh has helped millions of people rise up from poverty through micro-loans while helping construct a new era of social enterprise dominated by innovative business models.
Professor Muhammad Yunus and Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) Professor David Grant share the stage at the Griffith Lecture.