Muhammad Yunus is is a successful economist and banker, but instead of living a life of leisure, he chooses to devote his time helping those in need. As a sought-after inspirational keynote speaker; his work have shown others what human compassion truly means.
In 2009, Muhammad was awarded with the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US. Other international honors include the Man for Peace Award Italy; Sydney Peace Prize Australia; King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Award Jordan; Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom Award Netherlands; Seoul Peace Prize Korea, among others.
Muhammad is more than just a hero from Bangladesh. His help has extended to others worldwide. He is a true leader whose visions are always translated into actions. Being a recipient of the highly esteemed Nobel Peace Prize, this inspirational speaker used a large portion of his award money to start an organization that makes low-cost, high-nutrition food for the people who can’t afford. The rest of his money went to the building of an eye hospital in his country.
Most businesses are controlled by individuals who want to maximize growth for their own profit. As for Muhammad, he wants the rest of the world to see that there are selfless individuals who want nothing more than to improve human conditions. Being an inspirational speaker has given him power to change the world and to give back to mankind. Called the “Banker to the Poor,” Muhammad is respected globally for his contributions toward eradicating poverty. His Grameen Bank has revolutionized banking by offering loans to the poorest of borrowers.
"Let us move forward to make this change and let us create the world we dream of. It is in our capacity to do so."
“Our graduates were inspired to hear how social entrepreneurship and technical expertise can change the world. I can think of no better choice for our MIT Commencement speaker."