Friday, July 15, 2016

Dr Yunus 9th most admired personality globally among 11 global leaders

Written By: Mustafa Mahmud Hassan
People want to follow great leaders to set their goal and reach that goal. Some leaders from past
to present who are in business or politics, are making their mark on generations. With responses
from 125 countries worldwide and 285 cities, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers
Annual Survey 2015 is one of the most geographically diverse surveys of millennials. The more
than 1,000 respondents are all members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers
Community, a network of over 450 city-based hubs of young, civically engaged leaders aged
between 20 and 30. These are the top 11 leaders that inspire them the most from present and past.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is in ninth position in above list
and got 3 percent vote. He is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and
civil society leader. He is the founder and ex- Managing Director of Grameen Bank
which currently operates 2,475 branches providing credit to 7.4 million poor people
residing in 80,511 villages in Bangladesh. Against the advice of banks and government,
Yunus carried on giving out 'micro-loans' and in 1983 formed the Grameen Bank,
meaning 'village bank' founded on principles of trust and solidarity. In Bangladesh today,
Grameen has 1,084 branches, with 12,500 staff serving 2.1 million borrowers in 37,000
villages. On any working day Grameen collects an average of $1.5 million in weekly
installments. Of the borrowers, 94% are women and over 98% of the loans are paid back,
a recovery rate higher than any other banking system.
Grameen methods are applied in projects in 58 countries, including the US, Canada, France, The Netherlands andNorway. Yunus has received several national and international honours. He received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010. In February 2011, Yunus together with Saskia Bruysten, Sophie Eisenmann and Hans Reitz co-founded Yunus Social Business– Global Initiatives (YSB).
YSB creates and empowers social businesses to address and solve social problems around the world. As the international implementation arm for Yunus' vision of a new, humane capitalism, YSB manages incubator funds for social businesses in developing countries and provides advisory services to companies, governments, foundations and NGOs.
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