Professor Muhammad Yunus

Founder, Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker and economist. He was previously a professor of economics where he developed the concept of microcredit. Yunus is also the founder of the Grameen Bank. In 2006, Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below."

Yunus has received several other national and international honors, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the World’s Food Prize and the Sydney Peace Prize. Within Bangladesh he had received the President’s Award (1978), Central Bank Award (1985), and the Independence Day Award (1987), the highest national award. He is the author of Banker to the Poor and a founding board member of Grameen America and Grameen Foundation.

Yunus serves on the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation and has served as a Counsellor at One Young World Summits: 2010 in London, 2011 in Zurich, 2012 in Pittsburgh, 2013 in Johannesburg, 2014 in Dublin, 2015 in Bangkok and 2016 in Ottawa.