Dr. Muhammad Yunus is a successful economist and banker, but instead of living a life of leisure, he chooses to devote his time to helping those in need. As a sought-after inspirational keynote speaker; his work has shown others what human compassion truly means.
In 2009, Muhammad was awarded 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 people who can’t afford it. 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 the 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.
Dr. Yunus is a highly sought-after speaker and regularly travels around the world to give keynote speeches related to creating long-term global sustainability.
The lecture is relevant at all levels as Dr. Yunus’s belief is that not only do governments need to sponsor sustainability initiatives, but also companies and individuals need to move in the same direction to achieve greater change.
We accompanied Dr. Yunus for a major keynote delivery at Portugal’s first Sustainability and Society Forum in Matasinhos, Portugal in May 2023,
In advance of his opening keynote delivery, Dr. Yunus met in private with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Dr. Yunus’s keynote was a fascinating insight and advice about how society on every level needs to change for the better and move away from total capitalistic motivations towards income redistribution. In essence, the income gap is widening and a change is required with one percent of the world’s population owning ninety percent of global wealth.
"On behalf of the Global Media Group, I would like to thank you, once again, for your presence in Portugal, specifically in Matosinhos, to participate in the Sustainability and Society Forum. It was indeed an inspiring presence that indelibly marked our event. In fact, we received many positive comments about the Forum in general and your presence in particular. Whether at an institutional level, that is, from our partners in the organization of the Forum, or at an individual level, by many of the people who attended the sessions. Allow me also to add a personal note, as it was a real privilege to have spoken with you, first from a distance, and then face to face during the Forum." June 2023
"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."